Charges Upgraded in Barrett Death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Prosecutors have upgraded the charges against a suspect in the death of Mississippi white supremacist Richard Barrett to capital murder.

Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest made the announcement during Tuesday's arraignment for Vincent McGee, who also is charged with arson.

Guest said robbery was the underlying felony to support the capital murder charge.

Guest said McGee allegedly took a wallet and a gun from Barrett's rural Rankin County home.

McGee was arrested April 22, hours after Barrett's body was found. An autopsy showed the 67-year-old Barrett had been stabbed, beaten and burned. Three other people are charged as accessories.

At the arraignment in Rankin County Court, Undersheriff Bryan Bailey testified that McGee told investigators he hit and stabbed Barrett after the man made sexual advances.

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