Court visits scene of child's shooting death

Crown opens case against Devon Anglin for murder of Jeremiah Barnes

Members of the court hearing the murder trial involving defendant Devon Anglin visited the scene of the fatal shooting of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes Tuesday morning. 

Justice Charles Quin, court staff and attorneys traveled to West Bay to see various sites featuring in the trial. 

The convoy of seven vehicles included a prison van with Anglin inside. He did not leave the van, but defense attorneys David Fisher and Lucy Organ spoke to him at the first site, the Hell Service Station. 

It was there that Jeremiah was shot on Feb. 15, 2010, while in the back seat of the car driven by his father, Andy Barnes. 

Hell Road was blocked for about 20 minutes as Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett (now retired) summarized what had occurred there. Special note was made of the location of a CCTV camera that captured images of the shooter from the back. 

Mr. Fisher noted that the position of an ice machine was significant in the various witness statements and he asked if the machine had been moved. He was assured that its location was the same as in 2010. The court party walked around the back of the service station and observed how a vehicle could “loop around,” in the words of lead prosecutor Andrew Radcliffe. 

At each venue visited, there were armed police officers and the police helicopter hovered overhead. 

Other sites visited included the West Bay Police Station and two residences. 

The group left West Bay around 11:30 a.m. and proceedings resumed in Court One shortly after noon. Justice Quin, who is hearing the matter without a jury as Anglin elected, said of the visit, “It certainly was extremely helpful to me.” 

Mr. Radcliffe then began his formal opening of the Crown’s case and was expected to conclude after the lunch adjournment Tuesday. He said he would be showing the court footage from the service station’s CCTV. 

Police stand guard as members of the court visit the Hell gas station in West Bay, where 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes was shot and killed in 2010. - PHOTO: CAROL WINKER

Police stand guard as members of the court visit the Hell gas station in West Bay, where 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes was shot and killed in 2010. – PHOTO: CAROL WINKER
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