Jury trial continued for Javontez Barnes, Minot
A jury trial for a Minot man charged with attempted murder, robbery and with four counts of reckless endangerment stemming from incidents last January will likely be rescheduled.
Javontez Denane Barnes had been set to go to trial Oct. 9. In court on Friday, North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar said he will continue the trial. He will search for a trial date on the calendar that will allow for more than five days up to 10 days for trial. Hagar said he is aware that Barnes, who has been held at the jail since the incident and has not made bond, has a right to a speedy trial, as do the alleged victims in the case.
Barnes is charged with robbing the Cash Wise Grocery Store on Jan. 7 and then burglarizing a south Minot apartment, pistol whipping a woman and shooting and paralyzing a man there. Barnes is also charged with four counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing four shots into an occupied apartment building on Jan. 4.
The two cases, which a prosecutor said are related, will be tried together.
Randolph Garbutt, who had been charged as a co-defendant, has been promised a plea deal if he testifies against Barnes at the trial. In return for his guilty plea to robbery of the grocery store and truthful testimony at Barnes’ trial, Garbutt received a 10 year sentence, with four years suspended. The state also agreed to drop a Class B felony burglary and Class A felony accomplice to attempted murder charge against Garbutt after he testifies.
According to court documents and statements made at previous court hearings, Barnes and Garbutt went to Cash Wise at 3:38 a.m. Jan. 7. A cashier who was on duty that night said the men picked up several items and went through the checkout line. Barnes paid for the items and when the cashier opened the cash register, Garbutt pulled a gun and demanded money. The cashier told the men there were cameras in the store. Garbutt responded that he didn’t care and still demanded the money. The cashier refused to give Garbutt the money and walked away. Garbutt and Barnes then left the grocery store.
Garbutt and Barnes then went to the south Minot apartment where Cody Davis and his roommate Brittany Ripple lived, possibly to buy drugs from Davis. The two entered the residence without permission. Barnes allegedly pistol whipped Ripple and knocked her unconscious and shot Davis, leaving him paralyzed.
Barnes is also charged with four counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing four shots into an occupied apartment building on Jan. 4. Garbutt had told police he and Barnes got into a dispute when Garbutt stopped Barnes from hitting Barnes’ girlfriend. Barnes then was locked out of the apartment and fired several shots through the locked door.
– Andrea Johnson