Barnett David


Case Number: 4:03-cv-00614-ERW

Judge: N/A

Demographic Information: White Male

Current Counsel:

  • Elizabeth Carlyle

  • Richard H. Sindel

Counsel Contact:

  • 6320 Brookside Plaza #516 Kansas City, MO 64113 816-525-6540 elizabeth@carlyle-law.com

  • Sindel, Sindel & Noble 8000 Maryland Avenue, Suite 350 Clayton, MO 63105 314-731-6040 rsindel@sindellaw.com kparish@sindellaw.com

  • Office of the Federal Public Defender 850 West Adams St., Suite 201 Phoenix, AZ 85007 602-382-2816 Paula_Harms@fd.org


Current Proceedings: Jan 22, 2016 State's 59(e) motion to modify denied. State shall resentence petitioner within 180 days of the conclusion of appellate review. Retrial pending.

Legal Status: Aug. 15, 2015 as to Ground I claim 2254 granted. State of Missouri shall either sentence David Barnett to life imprisonment without eligibility for probation or parole, or grant him a new penalty-phase trial within 180. Pending retrial however state did not refile.

Hearing Pending: N/A

Significant Legal Issues:

  • Trial counsel’s failure to investigate, develop, and present relevant mitigating evidence, including evidence about Mr. Barnett’s biological father, mother, and other witnesses

  • Ineffective post-conviction counsel’s failure to properly assert the penalty-phase IAC claims, as “cause” to excuse the resulting procedural default under Martinez v. Ryan, 132 S. Ct. 1309 (2012)

  • Relevance of victims’ children’s wishes that Mr. Barnett not receive the death penalty, in light of the children’s religious beliefs

  • Sufficiency of prosecution’s purported gender-neutral reasons for striking female venire persons

Last Judicial Decision Related to Conviction or Sentence:

  • Rule 59(e) denied. Barnett v. Roper, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7539 (E.D. Mo. Jan. 22, 2016).

Reported Opinions:

  • Rule 59(e) denied. Barnett v. Roper, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7539 (E.D. Mo. Jan. 22, 2016).

  • Rule 60(b) motion granted, and evidentiary hearing granted, by Barnett v. Roper, 941 F. Supp. 2d 1099 (E.D. Mo. 2013), on penalty phase IAC claims

  • Habeas corpus denied by Barnett v. Roper, No. 4:03-CV-614-ERW, 2006 WL 2475036 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 24, 2006), aff’d, 541 F.3d 804 (8th Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 558 U.S. 830 (2009)

  • Denial of post-conviction relief affirmed by Barnett v. State, 103 S.W.3d 765 (Mo.), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 862 (2003)

  • Convictions and sentences affirmed on direct appeal by State v. Barnett, 980 S.W.2d 297 (Mo. 1998), cert. denied, 525 U.S. 1161 (1999).


Conviction County: St. Louis County

Counts: 2

Victim Demographic:

  • W/M

  • W/F

Crime Date:

  • W/M (life)

  • W/F (death)

Sentencing Date: 5/2/1997

Trial Counsel:

  • Ellen Blau

  • Curtis Cox

Trial Judge: Larry Kendrick

Trial Prosecutor: Robert Lasater