Does accused rapist have plea deal pending?

Suspected rape happened near restaurant/lounge at Holiday Lakes.
Cary Ashby
Jan 16, 2014

An accused rapist could be taking his case to trial next week. Or not.

Jury selection for the trial of David Barnum is scheduled to start Tuesday morning. However, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said he understands that Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler and defense attorney John McMahon are working on a possible plea deal.

If a plea were in place, Barnum would be back in court Friday. He earlier posted a $75,000 bond and is prohibited from having any contact or association with the suspected victim.

Barnum, 38, of Willard, is charged with one count of rape in connection with a June 15 incident that authorities have called "a fairly violent rape." His attorney has said even though the allegation is serious, Barnum plans to claim the incident was consensual if the case goes to trial.

Leffler and McMahon, at Wednesday's hearing, said they assume the trial will be finished by Jan. 23, but the presentation of evidence "might spill over" into the next day.

The suspected rape happened near the restaurant and lounge in the Holiday Lakes area in Willard, where Barnum was an employee.

"There were some photos (taken) at the scene," Leffler said. "There was no audio statement."

Jurors are expected to view the area. Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said that process will "take some time."

The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Barnum soon after the suspected incident. Prosecutors filed a rape complaint June 17 in Norwalk Municipal Court.

If Barnum is convicted of the first-degree felony, he faces three to 11 years in prison, a $20,000 maximum fine and a lifetime address registration requirement.

Comments

NoneTheLess

If your innocent there is no plea deal only guilty people take pleas to get outta time, so if your innocent as you claim sir fight to clear yourself!!

Vamp1r3

Why do we keep giving these guys plea deals? No wonder Huron County cant get rid of these guys, they are all slapped on the wrist for serious offenses. Why not stick around? These guys run the county!

Dusty

I notice more and more are going to trial. I'm starting to think they may be on to something that we dont know about.

swiss family

Dusty,,, yes they are "IN ON" knowing that when it comes to the punishment for crime around here is a joke.*The Police officers including the Sheriffs dept, risk their lives to stop crime and make necessary arrests.. then it goes in the "twilight Zone" with Leffler and whom ever the defense lawyers are and Judge Coward..and these fat cats sit around and try to make their jobs as easy as possible at the expense of the safety of the people in the area that they live in, and plea bargain it down so it ends up with some laughable crime and some really real weak punishment for that crime, after half of their more serious charges have been dropped...I really hoped that when someone broke in the Lefflers car in Chicago, he would understand that it is NOT the camera, or snow scraper, or floor mats that were taken, it was the feeling of peace and serenity, and being comfortable in your space...possessions can be replaced, but the feeling of being safe and secure takes a long time to re establish, maybe even forever...do your jobs guys... and make the people safe...

Brock Lee

loooooser rat out frend an get out jail free

Brock Lee

loooooser rat out frend an get out jail free