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20-Year-Old Man Convicted in Slaying of Senate Aide

September 6, 1994

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A 20-year-old District of Columbia man was convicted Tuesday of first- degree murder in the January 1992 slaying of a Senate aide.

Edward Evans Jr. showed no emotion as the jury of 11 women and one man returned a guilty verdict in the death of Samuel Thomas Barnes, following 3 hours of deliberation beginning Friday.

Barnes, 25, an aide to Sen. Richard Shelby, D-Ala., was shot in the back of the head near his home about a mile from the Capitol. He died four days later.

Evans also was convicted of using a firearm to commit a violent felony and illegal possession of a handgun. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years to life in prison for Barnes’ murder and 5 to 15 years imprisonment for the firearm conviction. Sentencing by D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin was scheduled for Nov. 10.

This was the second time Evans was tried for Barnes’ murder. The first trial in April ended without a verdict after a lone juror held out for acquittal against 11 others favoring conviction.

Defense attorney Terry O’Connor said later that Evans was disappointed with the verdicts, and they would file an appeal.

″I said at the beginning of the trial that Edward Evans did not shoot Tom Barnes,″ O’Connor said. ″I still feel that way today, and plan to take all the steps I can to prove that he didn’t pull the trigger.″

As in the first trial, prosecutors alleged that Evans, who is black, killed Barnes because he was white.

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