Man Arrested in Barrett's Death, Three Others Face Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities says a white supremacist lawyer found dead in his house had been stabbed, beaten and his body set afire. A neighbor has been charged with murder in the case.

Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said Richard Barrett's body was found just after 8 a.m. Thursday after residents reported smoke coming from his house in a rural area outside Jackson, Miss.

Pennington said 22-year-old Vincent McGee has been charged with murder. He said additional charges could be forthcoming, including arson.

WLBT-TV reports that authorities are in the process of arresting three more people for being accessories after the fact. Officials say two helped the suspect and one lied to the sheriff's department about what he knew about the case.

McGee was released from Parchman in February, after serving five years for grand larceny, and assaulting two Rankin County officers.

Sources in Jackson say McGee had done work for Barrett from time to time.

"They knocked on every door, window, and they couldn't get anybody, couldn't get any response," said Barrett's neighbor, Randall Walker, whose son first noticed the fire. "The house was just full of smoke. And then my wife called 911 and they all got out here. Don't know much about him. He lived here several years, but he was kind of off to his self."

Barrett was a lawyer and Purple Heart veteran of the Vietnam War, who came to Mississippi from New Jersey in the 1960s.

Pennington said Friday that a preliminary autopsy showed Barrett had been stabbed multiple times in the neck and had blunt force trauma to the head. The sheriff said 35 percent of Barrett's body had been burned.

WLBT-TV contributed to this report.


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  • by paw paw Location: union on Apr 30, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    yea anonymous and i hope he starts with you. i think you need to read your bible, and not judge. not very religious are you?
  • by anonymous Location: meridian on Apr 27, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    For you posters that praise this so call Great God""instead of Jesus Christ, you need to take a look at the world today..we are presently living in the last days for the ones that read their bibles...instead of all this foolishness the lord still find away for us to bend our needs...look at the storm that come through yazoo..if we cant get together here on earth he will start removing us one by one
  • by t on Apr 27, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    mark im not talking about killing someone on the street but legally going through the process and giving the death penalty and it is biblical during bible times murder was punished y death
  • by fred Location: house, ms on Apr 26, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    where is the klan when you need them. i want an edgar ray killen day. april is confederacy month in this great state. thank god. so we can consider april edgar ray killen month also. white power. and to the great imperial wizard much love our father. white power. thanks so much to edgar ray killen.
  • by Mark Location: Quitman on Apr 26, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    I wonder if this is going to be considered a hate crime? Barrett had the same rights as all of us. He HAD the right to life and free speach. If this incident was the other way around I bet the comments would be a whole lot different. This should be considered a hate crime in my opinion.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    dear "lmao" its also not our duty as "GODS CHILDREN", as you put it, to take another life no matter what they may or may not have done whether its through the death penalty or any other means.
  • by lmao on Apr 25, 2010 at 01:05 AM
    dear angry black person...they didnt mean hold a holiday for the killer...bahahahahhahahaha you dumb*** they meant the VICTIM. sounds like "T" has the right idea...They should hurry up and give the murders the death penalty so we don't have to feed their face! :) and to "cONsider THIS" The guy didnt ever kill anyone..just because he voiced his opinion about blacks just like the blacks i sit in a classroom with everyday voice their opinions about whites, doesn't mean he deserved to be set on fire. THAT IS CRAP!!! It is not our duty as *GODS CHILDREN* to act this way. those who commit violent crimes such as murder should face the death penalty and be killed the same way the killed their victim!
  • by angry Black Person Location: Meridian Ms on Apr 24, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Maurice the Holiday that we celebrate for Martin Luther King is because he was Non-violent.Orator. Inspirational,Outstanding.Passionate.Leader.Activist Who fought for Freedom,Solidarity and Segregation. a Father of Harmony.very well Educated.Erudite.and stood for CIVIL RIGHTS Equality.And was a Black Hero Not a Killer....Please Learn your history before you compare a National Hero against a known prisoner and killer. Because the Martin Luther King Jr. that represent all black was neither...sounds like your racist buddy
  • by t on Apr 24, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    i read all of these posts about how this murderer is a hero and it makes me realize why there are people like mr barrett and organiztions like his he spoke publicly abou this dislike of certain people but he did not murder anyone as these people did i hope they get the death penalty for murder and i hope it is done quickly so that my tax dollars dont have to keep them alive
  • by breent on Apr 24, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    this is for anonymous 2 u never saw iraq u ____.
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