Hannah Barker declared indigent to receive funding for her defense

Hannah Barker (Baby Burning Case)

10th Judicial District Court Judge Desiree Duhon Dyess ruled yesterday, June 8, that accused murderer Hannah Barker is indigent for purposes of receiving state funds for her defense.

Barker’s privately retained counsel argued before the court that she is without funds to defend herself against the charges of principal to first-degree murder of her seven-month old son.

As an indigent, Barker now has access to state funds to pay for experts and other costly expenses related to her defense that she would otherwise have to incur herself. The only exception would be her counsel’s fee for her continued representation.

Although no specifics or sums were mentioned in the hearing, it is expected that the funds could be in the tens of thousands of dollars given the high stakes at play: District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington seeks the death penalty. The brief hearing consisted mostly of questioning one witness about Barker’s financial situation and submitting a handful of documents. The prosecution, which includes DA Harrington, had no objection to the request. The Louisiana Public Defender Board had no objections either.

As reported by the Natchitoches Parish Journal on June 2, the Board is insolvent prompting layoffs and salary cuts to public defenders around the state, so there is no guarantee that the Board will meet its mandate to provide those funds, which could expose the Natchitoches Parish Government to footing the bill.

The trial will begin in October, starting with jury selection in St. Landry Parish.

Counsel for Hanna Barker files motion to declare her indigent, seeks state funding for her defense – June 2, 2020 Natchitoches Parish Journal


7 thoughts on “Hannah Barker declared indigent to receive funding for her defense

  1. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Let the lynch mob assemble.

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  2. Big waste of time and money,but that’s how the system works! But at her appeal that can’t claim inadequate defense. They probably will anyway.

  3. Take all such funds out of the judicial salary fund. See how many such filings get approved then.

    • Leave her in…. She deserve the royal treatment she gave little LEVI……..state don’t need to pay for nothing just let it happen

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