Judge Decides to Keep Murder Suspect on Monitoring Fearing His ‘Dangerousness’

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DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan refused a request to remove a defendant’s monitoring device, saying the suspect’s alleged offense “weighs in favor of dangerousness.” 

Terrance Barnes, 33, was arrested on April 30, 2019, in connection to the murder of Barry Holmes, 57, on the 5100 block of Southern Avenue, SE on April 17, 2019. Barnes is being charged with first-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

In a May 23 hearing, Barnes’ attorney, Pierce Suen, said Barnes’ GPS monitoring should be removed based on “years of compliance” with his release terms.  

While the prosecutor agreed that Barnes had an exemplary release record to this point, he said Barnes allegedly killed Holmes, a flagger on a road crew, after a dispute during which Barnes went back to his house to get a firearm, then returned to the site to shoot Holmes.  

“That is a ridiculous set of circumstances,” said the prosecutor arguing against removing Barnes’ monitoring device.

Judge Raffinan agreed citing the “very serious” nature of Barnes’ alleged offense and ordered that GPS monitoring remain in place.  Further, she wanted to give Barnes more time to test negative for drugs.  

The next hearing in the case is set for Oct. 26 at 10:00 am

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