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Georgia man sentenced to death for 2001 Edgefield murder

Nov 23, 2010 5:35:00 PM - thestate.com
Steven "Big Man" Barnes of Augusta, Ga., was sentenced to death Tuesday for the 2001 kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup.

The earlier murder trial established that Barnes drove the badly beaten Sturrup to a wooded area in Edgefield County and shot him in the back of the head after accusing the Augusta boy of stealing from him.

Authorities were brought in to investigate after dogs dragged the skull from the woods, four months later.

The 32-year-old Augusta man was arrested at his heavily fortified home, where police found four teenaged girls held against their will and a cache of weapons.

During the sentencing hearing, witnesses testified that Barnes had committed many crimes including armed robbery, burglery, kidnapping, terroristic threats, drug dealing, prostitution, beatings and weapons possession.

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