Man makes Alford plea in murder of girlfriend after mistrial

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A man whose murder trial last month ended in a hung jury made a plea in court this afternoon.

Jurors were deadlocked on April 12th, 11-1 in favor of a second-degree murder conviction against Terry Barnes.

The Onslow County man was on trial for the 2016 murder of Tina Meyer. A judge declared a mistrial.

Barnes was back in court this afternoon, making an Alford plea to second degree murder. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't plead guilty but admits there is enough evidence to convict him at trial.

As part of the plea deal, Barnes was sentenced to a maximum of 17 years, 10 months in prison. Judge Charles Henry gave him credit for more than 2-1/2 years spent in jail awaiting trial.