Hearing in Cheyenne Child Murder Case to be Open
A judge has decided to open the preliminary hearing in a case involving a 24-year-old Cheyenne man accused of murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.
"The right doesn't belong to the press it belongs to the public," said Barrett's attorney, Diane Lozano, who argued that "inflammatory" media coverage could lead to a biased jury and unfair trial.
"It's a probable cause hearing that will be rife of hearsay testimony," she added. "I don't trust this corps of press to report this in a fair and unbiased way."
"Just because this is a child homicide case, that's not a sufficient reason to close the hearing," said Judge Sharpe, adding that he was "convinced" Barrett would receive a fair trial.
Barrett has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse and aggravated child abuse. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Barrett's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.