Edgefield murder trial continues into weekend

Steven Barnes
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Friday, November 12, 2010

EDGEFIELD CTY., S.C. -- A death penalty trial will probably go to the jury tomorrow in Edgefield. It's a case that started in Augusta.

Steven Barnes is already serving a life sentence in Georgia for a 2001 kidnapping. He was running an escort/prostitution ring in Richmond County.

Now Barnes is on trial for killing 16-year old Samuel Sturrup of Augusta, and testimony is now over.

Sturrup's remains were found in Edgefield County nine years ago this month. Prosecutors said Barnes and others kidnapped him, beat him and shot him, then dumped his body.

Several others are serving Georgia prison sentences too. Five of them face murder charges. Only Barnes is facing the death penalty.