Man gets life in double murder
A man who participated in the murders of a man and his pregnant girlfriend inside their home in an upscale neighborhood near Upper Marlboro was sentenced Monday to two life terms in prison without parole.
Circuit Court Judge Melanie M. Shaw Geter ordered that Delford M. Barnes, 52, serve the sentences consecutively. Shaw Geter added another 20 years for a firearms violation, which she ordered be served consecutively as well.
In September, a Circuit Court jury convicted Barnes of two counts of first-degree murder and other offenses in the Jan. 12, 2009, killings of Seth Aidoo, 40, and his girlfriend, Eunice Baah, 36. The two were killed inside their home in the gated community of Oak Creek.
Baah was shot in the head. Aidoo was beaten and stabbed more than 40 times.
"This was a horrendous crime," Shaw Geter said to Barnes as she imposed the sentence. "It was horrendous because of the manners the victims were killed. It was particularly horrendous because it occurred in their home. We think of our homes as a safe place."
Moments before the judge sentenced him, Barnes, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, proclaimed his innocence.
"The evidence that was presented, I have nothing to do with that," Barnes said. "I'm not that kind of person."
The evidence against Barnes, which prosecutors presented during a four-week trial, included video footage showing Barnes and a co-conspirator in the neighborhood on the day of the killings, testimony from Barnes's brother, and Barnes's DNA, which was found under Aidoo's fingernails. The DNA got there when Aidoo struggled for his life, prosecutors said.
Barnes's accomplice, Samuel Culley Jr., 54, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and testified for the state against Barnes.
Barnes and Culley were both connected, directly or indirectly, to Aidoo.
Culley is the brother of Sheila Aidoo, Seth Aidoo's estranged wife. Seth and Sheila Aidoo were getting divorced at the time of the killings.
Barnes was Sheila Aidoo's boyfriend.
Authorities believe Barnes and Culley hoped to benefit from insurance policies Aidoo had.
Sheila Aidoo has not been charged.
| December 20, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
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