FIRST ON WITN: Judge declares mistrial in Barnes murder trial

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A judge in Onslow County has declared a mistrial in the case of a man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend.

Terry Barnes had been on trial since last Tuesday for the 2016 murder of Tina Meyer.

Jurors began deliberating around 3:15 p.m. Thursday and reported several times today to the judge that they were deadlocked, 11-1. It turns out they were leaning in favor of a second-degree murder conviction.

Barnes took the stand and told jurors he did not shoot Meyer, despite earlier testimony from a deputy who said the man admitted to the murder.

Prosecutors say they will re-try Barnes for the murder of Meyer.



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Jurors in the case of a man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend told a judge that one member is keeping them from reaching a unanimous verdict.

Terry Barnes could get life in prison if convicted of shooting Tina Meyer in September 2016.

On the stand Wednesday, Barnes told jurors the gun went off during a struggle with the woman's father.

Earlier this week a deputy testified that Barnes told him that he and the victim's father had argued over whether or not a shotgun was actually loaded while admitting and then denying he has shot the woman.

Jurors got the case midafternoon on Thursday and deliberated less than two hours before being sent home.

They returned to the jury room at 9:00 a.m. and sent a note to the judge about their deadlock. The judge brought them back into the courtroom just before 10:00 a.m. and re-read final instructions before telling jurors to continue deliberations.

Jurors sent a second note to the judge saying the one holdout is preventing them from reaching a verdict. "It will not change," the note read. The judge said he will give jurors a 20 minute break before sending them back to deliberate.


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Jurors in one Eastern Carolina county began deliberating the fate of a man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend.

Terry Barnes could get life in prison if convicted of shooting Tina Meyer in September 2016.

On the stand Wednesday, Barnes told jurors the gun went off during a struggle with the woman's father.

Earlier this week a deputy testified that Barnes told him that he and the victim's father had argued over whether or not a shotgun was actually loaded while admitting and then denying he has shot the woman.

Jurors got the case around 3:15 p.m. and deliberated for about an hour and 45 minutes before being sent home for the day.


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The man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend nearly three years ago told jurors the gun went off in a struggle with the victim's father.

Terry Barnes is on trial in Onslow County, accused of shooting Tina Meyer in their Old Maplehurst Road home back in September 2016.

Barnes was on the stand for four hours on Wednesday and testified that he and Meyer had met in 1998 in Las Vegas. The pair were not legally married, but lived together as a married couple, he said.

Barnes says that he and the victim's father, Addison Riley, got along and that they would often have drinks together. Barnes testified that he and Riley referred to each other as father and son.

On the stand, Barnes said, "We both had a bit of an alcohol problem," referring to himself and Meyer.

The night of her death, Barnes says that Meyer suggested going to the bar Globe and Anchor. He says that himself, Meyer, and Riley went to the bar, drank, played pool, and then came home.

Barnes was reprimanded twice by the judge for his language while on the stand.

On the stand, Barnes reenacted what happened. He said Meyer was arguing with her father, claiming Addison Riley came out of his bedroom with a shotgun.

Barnes said as he tried to disarm Riley, the gun went off, killing Meyer.

As for conflicting statement to deputies, Barnes claimed he was inconsistent that night because of stress and the fact he had been drinking.

Earlier testimony by a deputy said that Barnes had said the night of the crime that he and the victim's father had argued over whether or not a shotgun was actually loaded while admitting and then denying he has shot the woman.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will give their closing arguments Thursday morning before jurors get the case.


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The Defense began presenting its case Tuesday in the trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2016.

Terry Barnes is on trial in Onslow County, accused of shooting and killing longtime girlfriend Tina Meyer.

State prosecutors put an Onslow County Sheriff's Deputy on the stand before resting its case Tuesday morning.

The Defense then put their first witness on the stand who responded to the scene in 2016. He also testified earlier before the jury Monday in the state's case, following the judge's dismissal of a motion to suppress his testimony.

The Defense says they have 5 more witnesses, and expect to rest its case Wednesday.

Court will resume at 9 Wednesday morning.

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A judge this morning said he will allow jurors to hear a statement from a man accused of killing his girlfriend nearly three years ago.

Testimony resumed late Monday morning in the murder trial of Terry Barnes with the jury present.

Barnes is on trial in Onslow County accused of shooting and killing his longtime girlfriend, Tina Meyer.

On Friday, a deputy sheriff took the stand without jurors, reading a statement that Barnes gave them shortly after the murder.

According to the deputy, Barnes said, "I did not want to hurt her. I love her. She was the best thing that happened to me. Her dad brought the gun into the house. I did not want to do this. I did not want to hurt her."

He continues reading where Barnes says he thought the shotgun was not loaded. "Her dad said it was loaded, I didn't think it was. He said it's loaded, I said no it ain't."

The man's lawyers wanted the statement kept from jurors, but this morning the judge said he will allow it.

The murder trial entered its second week of testimony on Monday.


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Testimony continued for a fourth day Friday in the murder trial of Terry Barnes without the jury present.

Barnes is on trial in Onslow County accused of shooting and killing his longtime girlfriend, Tina Meyer.

Judge Craig Crooms dismissed the jury for the weekend as the defense put in a motion to suppress testimony from a witness, who did take the stand.

That witness was a sheriff's deputy who responded to the crime scene in 2016, when Meyer was found with a gunshot wound to her chest at the mobile home she shared with longtime Barnes.

On the stand, the deputy read the transcript of what was said by Barnes in an interview at the sheriff's office the night he responded to the crime scene.

According to the deputy, Barnes said, "I did not want to hurt her. I love her. She was the best thing that happened to me. Her dad brought the gun into the house. I did not want to do this. I did not want to hurt her."

He continues reading where Barnes says he thought the shotgun was not loaded. "Her dad said it was loaded, I didn't think it was. He said it's loaded, I said no it ain't."

Other statements from Barnes in that interview, according to the testimony, include him saying that the victim would regularly get into disagreements with her father over her borrowing money. Others have testified that her father was there that night, and the state has said they plan to put him on the stand.

This evidence was all presented for the judge to determine whether or not the jury should take it into consideration. It's not known whether the judge will allow it to be used in this case or not.

The trial will resume Monday morning.

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Jurors heard several more prosecution witnesses in the trial of a man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend nearly three years ago.

More than a half dozen witnesses have taken the stand so far in Terry Barnes' trial.

Deputies say the Onslow County man shot and killed 56-year-old Tina Meyer at their Old Mapplehurst Road home outside of Jacksonville.

The woman was found in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to her chest, according to witnesses.

A state crime lab employee testified this morning, saying gunshot residue was found on both Barnes and the victim's father, who first responders said was there that night.

Prosecutors are expected to continue presenting their case into Friday, and say the trial will likely go into next week.


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An Eastern Carolina man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend nearly three years ago is finally standing trial.

Testimony began Tuesday for the murder trial of Terry Barnes in Onslow County.

Tina Meyer, 56, was found dead back in September 2016 at a home on Old Mapplehurst Road outside of Jacksonville. The woman had been shot once.

On Wednesday, prosecutors continued to present witnesses.

If convicted of first degree murder, Barnes could receive life in prison without parole.