PHILADELPHIA, PA (WWBT) - A federal Grand Jury indicted a Virginia man on a charge of kidnapping in the case of a Philadelphia woman grabbed off a street corner last week.
Delvin Barnes faces a single count of kidnapping in connection with the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither from a Philadelphia street on November 2. Authorities say he took her to Maryland, where she was eventually rescued her with the help of Charles City County sheriffs. If convicted, Barnes could face up to life in prison.
Barnes was in federal court in Pennsylvania Wednesday. He did not have to say whether he would be pleading guilty or not in the brief court appearance. He was dressed in the customary green jumpsuit, restrained with handcuffs and escorted into the courtroom by a U.S. Marshal. Barnes, 37, only said "court to appoint counsel," when asked if he would hire an attorney or wanted one appointed. Judge Hart said because of the amount of money Barnes makes a month and his outstanding debts, he is eligible for that federal defender.
Barnes is next expected in court on Friday, when a judge will hear arguments if he should remain in custody throughout his trial. There's no word on when Barnes will be returned to Central Virginia to face the charges in a brutal abduction and rape case in Charles City County.
Authorities say the federal prosecution will proceed first. In Virginia, he is facing charges in the kidnapping of a 16-year-old Richmond girl in October. She managed to escape after two days.