Confessed killer could face death penalty

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:09pm

The Lufkin man who has confessed to the July stabbing deaths of his girlfriend and her brother will know within six weeks whether the state intends to seek the death penalty against him.

Terrance Barnes, 31, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his then-girlfriend Rosa Pina, 27, and her brother Pepe, 28. Barnes, clad in an orange Angelina County jumpsuit, took a front-row seat in the courtroom audience during the Wednesday afternoon hearing between defense attorneys Jay Wooten and Mary Conn, prosecutor Art Bauereiss and state District Judge Paul White.

After conferring with the state and the defense, White set a Nov. 15 deadline as to whether the state will seek the death penalty if a jury finds Barnes guilty of the murders. As the services of Wooten and Conn are being provided through the county’s Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases contract, there is a possibility they could be taken off the case if the death penalty is not sought, according to information heard in court.

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