Man once sentenced to death gets life for killing teen


EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) – A man whose South Carolina death sentence was overturned after he wasn’t allowed to represent himself has been found guilty again and sentenced to life in prison for killing a Georgia teen in 2001.

Solicitor Rick Hubbard says an Edgefield County jury deliberated an hour Friday before convicting 38-year-old Steven Barnes.

Authorities say Barnes ordered 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup, of Augusta, Georgia, beaten with a pipe before being shot in the head in September 2001.

Investigators say Sturrup’s killing went unsolved for three months until a dog found a skull with a bullet hole.

Authorities say Barnes ran a teen prostitution ring where clients were robbed after having sex.

Barnes used lawyers in his trial.

Hubbard says Charlene Thatcher pulled the trigger. She is serving 20 years in prison in Georgia.

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