published Monday, February 21st, 2011

Chattanooga: Hearing reset for teen charged in pastor’s slaying

by Chris Carroll
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    Brendan Barnes, a 16-year old charged with killing Rev. David Strong, speaks to his attorney Jonathan Turner while making an appearance in Judge Rebecca Stern's courtroom early Monday morning. Staff photo by Dan Henry.

A judge postponed this morning’s bond hearing for Brendan Barnes, the teenager charged in the October slaying of a Chattanooga pastor.

The new date is March 21, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern said.

Barnes, 16, and his 25-year-old cousin, Antonio Henry, are charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in the killing of the Rev. David Strong.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Suzanne Bailey ruled Barnes “competent to stand trial” as an adult on Feb. 3. Since then he’s been housed without bond at the Hamilton County Jail.

According to Chattanooga police Detective Michael Wenger’s court testimony, Barnes has a different story than Henry, who told the Times Free Press in jailhouse interviews that he beat Strong with a stick and Barnes stabbed Strong after the pastor made unwanted sexual advances to Henry.

During Barnes’ hearing, Wenger said Barnes told him the pair went to “rob and possibly kill” the pastor. There was no mention of sexuality or unwanted advances during the hearing.

Strong’s killers beat him in the face and stabbed him 29 times, his autopsy report states.

Strong was the pastor at St. Paul AME Church in Chattanooga.

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zwickau said...

And how does it make you any better than the accused, indian? Your already demanding the death penalty before there's even a trial? Hopefully, you won't on the jury for this trial.

February 21, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.
twharr said...

I'm with you Indian. Even if this 16 yr old "just beat him" he deserves to be put to death. This killing was abolutely senseless. Now our tax dollars will go to him and his cousins trial. We'll feed them, clothe them, wash them, put a roof over their heads until they are found guilty. Then what?? They'll more than likely get life in prison. What a waste...

February 21, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.
all_for_Him said...

If it means anything to anyone, it was a pastor that was killed. And I hope that he would have been one to preach forgiveness. Of course we don't like the people who do these awful things, but look at the face of that boy again...God loves that boy.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:43-44.

February 21, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.

With two different storys coming to the case how can one even make sure that the right man is being arrested for this terrible crime.

February 21, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.

Username: twharr | On: February 21, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.

Is this what what Christ would have done in this matter ?

February 21, 2011 at 8:39 p.m.
zofy111 said...

indian is a little too obsessed with killing people

March 6, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
YR said...

zofy11 I agree.... but the 26 year old is the brains behind it... He has to be why woulkd a young man such as Barnes want to kill a man he probably didn't even know? There are somethings that makes sense but in this case Barnes probably was in a situation that he didn't know how to react and he had to do what the man told him to do. Like I said before too NO ONE really knows but god and the three peoplethat were there everything else is he say check the backgrounds!!!

March 19, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
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