Jordan Murder Trial To Hear Closing Arguments

March 08, 1992|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

Closing arguments are expected tomorrow in the murder trial of BrianJordan, accused of stabbing a Columbia woman during a robbery that turned violent.

The state is seeking the death penalty against Jordan, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Pamela Mary Barker.

Barker, 44, a program analyst with the Health Care Financing Administration, was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her town house on April 21, 1990.

Attorneys expected the trial to conclude Friday, but Jordan's defense attorneys had difficulty locating one of their witnesses. The witness is expected to be present to testify tomorrow.

According to the prosecution, Brian Jordan and Kevin Briscoe broke into Barker's house through a basement door. The two searched downstairs for valuables, prosecutors say, before going upstairs and killing Barker, who was sleeping.

In trial testimony last week, thestate's key witness, Temesgen Melaku, who served as the driver and lookout in the robbery of Barker's home, said that Jordan confessed tokilling Barker.

Melaku said that while he waited outside Barker'shouse, Jordan came back to the car and was frustrated because he andBriscoe were unable to locate the personal identification numbers for Barker's bank cards.

Jordan returned to the house and later cameback to the car "very upset," and confessed to the killing, Melaku said.

"He said, 'I killed her; I killed her for nothing,' " Melaku said.

Melaku, who said Jordan was like a brother to him, testifiedthat Jordan told him that he stabbed Barker in the neck and chest and Briscoe slashed her wrists.

Briscoe, 26, was convicted in February of first-degree murder in the case. However, the prosecution contends that Jordan delivered the fatal knife wound.

Melaku, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for his testimony against Briscoe and Jordan. He faces a sentence of between 10 and 15 years.

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