Trial Date Set For Charleston Man Charged With First-Degree Murder

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CHARLESTON (KFSM) — A Charleston man charged with first-degree murder has had his trial date reset.

After a continuance was approved on December 14, Judge William Pearson ordered the jury trial for Thomas Roy Barnes to be held from March 30 – April 1, 2016.

Barnes was charged with first-degree murder for the June killing of Joey Strickland.

Barnes was originally booked on a $500,000 bond, but it was reduced to $30,000. He bonded out on August 21, 2015.

Strickland was Barnes’ nephew.

The trial date was scheduled to begin December 16, but a request to continue the case was approved two days prior to the date.