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Delvin Barnes federal trial now set for May in Philadelphia

Mugshot of Delvin Barnes (Source: Philadelphia Police Department) Mugshot of Delvin Barnes (Source: Philadelphia Police Department)
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WWBT) - A trial for a Virginia man accused of kidnapping a woman off a Philadelphia street corner is now set for May.

The federal trial for Delvin Barnes was originally set for January, however it is now set for May 4, 2015 after a defense request for additional time, according to online court records. A federal grand jury indicted the Charles City County man on a charge of kidnapping in the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither 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.

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Charles City County prosecutors set aside charges against Barnes in the kidnapping of a 16-year-old Richmond girl in October, however authorities say they will re-file the charges after the Philadelphia case. Legal experts say it is customary for state officials to defer to federal authorities.

Authorities say Barnes hit the Richmond teen in the head with a shovel, forced her into the trunk of his car, and brought her back to his Charles City County home where deputies say he raped her and then poured bleach and gasoline on her. 

Court documents reveal investigators recovered a shovel, gasoline and bleach bottles at Delvin's home. They also show investigators have established a DNA match for Barnes and that Richmond teen. Area authorities can now continue building their case as Barnes faces those federal charges out of Philadelphia. Court documents also indicate the Richmond teen identified Barnes in a photo line up. 


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