Hannah Barker was arrested and arraigned on an amended bill of indictment on June 10, charging her with conspiracy to commit murder in the burning death of her infant son. Judge Desiree Dyess set bail on the new charge at $60,000 on top of the existing $1M bail on the pending murder charge.
It’s presumed that the alleged conspiracy to commit murder occurred with Barker’s co-defendant, Felicia Nicole Smith, who was the alleged perpetrator of the actual murder. Although both individually face first degree murder charges that carry life sentences, District Attorney B.J. Harrington seeks the death penalty against Hanna Barker only. The next hearing date is on July 15. It is unknown whether this new charge will delay the trial that begins on September 27, 2021, with jury selection from St. Landry Parish.