Barker case continued to March
Dec 18, 2012 (The Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In criminal cases like Will Barker's, the wheels of the justice system grind slowly but methodically.
Monday, Barker's case was continued until March 11 in Lenoir County District Court, with no other actions of note. He did not appear before the court.
For felony defendants, regular appearances in district court are part of the preliminary process. Following a grand jury's investigation of the charges, if it hands down a "true bill of indictment," then the case moves to superior court, which tries felony cases.
Barker, a former Kinston City Councilman and respected CPA, is charged with 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, each Class H felonies. If convicted on each count, he could face six years and eight months in prison. He was arrested at his home Nov. 29 when State Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant.
Initially given a $500,000 bond because of perceived suicide and flight risks, Barker had his bond reduced to $105,000 at his initial court appearance Dec. 3. His parents bailed him out of the Lenoir County Jail later that afternoon.
Confiscated during the search of his home and place of business were an HP EliteBook laptop, a Dell Dimension desktop computer, a Motorola Electrify smartphone, a Blackberry Curve smartphone, an HP RDX removable disk and an Office Depot CD-RW disc.
If the digital forensic investigation turns up further evidence, Barker could face additional charges.
Barker remains out of jail of bond and, according to attorney Allen Foster, pursuing mental health treatment and counseling.
Wes Wolfe can be reached at 252-559-1075 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at WolfeReports.
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