Barnes feared he might lose his job if Cheryl Silvonek told the authorities about his age and during his testimony on Friday, Barnes shocked the jury when he claimed he helped Jamie dispose of the evidence because she had just told him she was pregnant.
When the trial opened in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh County Court last Tuesday, Barnes’ lawyer, Richard Webster, claims he had no role in the murder and told the jury that Jaime was a “liar, manipulator and wanted her mother dead.” Webster also went on to admit that Barnes did help clean up the crime and bury Cheryl’s body.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dimmig told the court that Barnes made a full confession to police after his arrest and Lehigh County Detective Richard Heffelfinger also testified that not only did Barnes admit to stabbing Cheryl but he provided multiple reasons for doing so.
A week prior to the slaying Jamie’s then-best friend, who remains anonymous as she is a juvenile, testified that she overhead at least two conversations where Jaime and Barnes discussed killing Jamie's parents. The girl said that by the end of the conversation “he became more open to the idea,” reports The Morning Call.
Caleb Barnes will be sentenced on September nine.