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Cumberland County man pleads guilty in murder of friend

Posted on AllSides May 13th, 2024

A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of his neighbor in 2022, court records show. Amaru Edward Barnes, of Grouper Drive, pleaded to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his friend Jesse James McDowell, 20, according to court records. Barnes was sentenced to between 10 years, five months, and 13 years, six months in prison, the record states. He was given credit for the more than two years spent in jail awaiting trial. Barnes entered an Alford plea to the charge, the record states. An Alford plea...

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