Missouri Supreme Court will hear parole request from Glendale murderer

David Barnett is currently serving a life sentence for killing his grandparents.

Brian Feldman
March 04, 2020 - 6:13 am

GLENDALE, Mo. (KMOX) — The Missouri Supreme Court will consider whether the killer of a Glendale couple should have a chance for parole, because he was 19 at the time. 

David Barnett is now 43 and serving a sentence of life without parole for the murders of Clifford and Leona Barnett. The elderly couple had just come back from a church brunch when they were stabbed to death in their home. Barnett, their adopted grandson, stole some cash and a car from them.  

At issue in the case is whether it's just for a 19-year old to have no chance of parole, because under Missouri law people 18 and-younger cannot get that sentence based on their lack of maturity.

Glendale Police Captain Bob Catlett worked the murder scene.

"My personal feelings? He deserves a harsh punishment. But I have to trust in the justice system that I'm a part of."

Lawyers for the grandson, 43-year old David Barnett, are arguing that a 19 year old is no different in maturity from an 18-year old.  Under Missouri law, anyone 18 or younger cannot be sentenced to life without parole. 

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