Change of plea hearing scheduled for Javontez Barnes

A change of plea hearing has been scheduled Thursday for Javontez Denane Barnes, who is scheduled to go to trial next week on charges that he robbed a grocery store on Jan. 7, 2017, then burglarized a Minot apartment, pistol whipped a woman and shot and paralyzed a man there. He is separately charged with firing gunshots through the door and into an occupied apartment on Jan. 4, 2017. A listing on the North Dakota Courts website shows the hearing is scheduled before Judge Richard Hagar.

Barnes, 26, Minot, is charged with Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony robbery, Class B felony burglary, Class C felony aggravated assault, and four counts of Class C felony reckless endangerment.

He had been scheduled to go to trial on the charges last month, but he refused to allow the alleged attempted murder victim to testify via Skype. The man was unable to attend the trial because of his ongoing medical problems. The trial was rescheduled for a time when the alleged victim could testify in person.

Barnes and alleged accomplice Randolph Garbutt had reportedly gone to the residence initially to buy marijuana from the man who was shot.

Garbutt earlier pleaded guilty to robbing the grocery store and is serving a six year sentence. The state had agreed to drop accomplice to attempted murder and burglary charges against Garbutt in exchange for his testimony against Barnes.

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