Suspects Arraigned in Christopher Barrios Murder - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/13/07

Suspects Arraigned in Christopher Barrios Murder

Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick Friday. Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick Friday.
Christopher's mother, Latrina Keith. Christopher's mother, Latrina Keith.

The family accused of murdering young Christopher Barrios of Brunswick was in court today.

Christopher's loved ones gasped and cried as they heard each gruesome charge filed against the people accused in the 6-year-old's murder.

"I want to get up and whip her behind," said grandmother Sue Rodriguez. "I want to show her what a mad mother looks like.

For Christopher's mother, Latrina Keith, the horrid crime is almost too much to believe. "For them to sit there and say they're not guilty, I just don't get that," she said. "I don't understand that. You've already admitted to it, so how are you not guilty?"

Only Peggy Edenfield's attorney asked for the charges to be read. Lawyers for her son George and husband David waived that formality. With all three already indicted, they know the 13 charges of murder, kidnapping, and child molestation they face.

Because prosecutors want the death penalty, it could take more than a year to bring each separate defendant to trial.

"I think they should go ahead and get it over with," said Mike Barrios, Christopher's father. "I'm ready for them to receive their punishment now."

Even with the three defendants appearing one after the other, today's arraignment was wrapped up in 60 minutes. But parties on all sides of this tragedy know that probably nothing else about this case will move that quickly.

Now the Edenfields' attorneys and prosecutors will begin filing motions in the case. Since this is a death penalty case, it will be several months, even more than a year before the case goes to trial.

To read more coverage of this case from the wtoc.com archive, click here.

Reported by Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com 

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