Trial set for Barnes on rape charges

by Sequim Gazette Staff

Corean Barnes will go to trial again on second-degree rape charges April 25.


Barnes was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of rape and false imprisonment. He is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend while she was trying to break up with him. She secretly recorded the encounter, which lasted about four hours.


Barnes was convicted of two charges of second-degree rape and one charge of unlawful imprisonment in a 2009 Clallam County Superior Court trial. He was sentenced to just less than 10 years in prison but successfully appealed his conviction and got it overturned by the Division 2 state Court of Appeals.


The court ruled Judge Ken Williams should not have allowed parts of the recording that didn’t include threats to be admitted as evidence.


Barnes remains in custody at the Clallam County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.



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