Trial rescheduled to Sept. 17 for Javontez Barnes
Javontez Denane Barnes is now scheduled to go to trial Sept. 17 on charges of attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and four counts of reckless endangerment, according to court records.
Barnes had originally been set to go to trial earlier this month, but the trial was continued because Barnes objected when the state asked to have the alleged victim testify via Skype. The alleged victim had been unable to appear in person at trial this month because of his medical condition. He was paralyzed when he was shot.
Barnes is charged with robbing the Cash Wise grocery store in Minot on Jan. 7, 2017, and then burglarizing a south Minot apartment, pistol whipping a woman and shooting and paralyzing a man there. He and Randolph Garbutt, who was charged as a co-defendant, had reportedly gone to the residence initially to buy marijuana from one of the residents. Barnes is also charged in a separate incident with four counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing four shots into an occupied apartment building on Jan. 4, 2017.
Garbutt earlier pleaded guilty to robbing the grocery store and is serving a six-year sentence. The state had earlier said it would drop the accomplice to attempted murder charge and burglary charge against Garbutt in return for his testimony against Barnes.