By Nancy Drury-Duncan –
Frederick Marvin “Ricky” Barnes Jr., 35, of Exmore, pleaded guilty to the murders of his mother, 75-year-old Brenda Barnes and Dean Reid, 53, and the attempted murder of his sister Christina Green in a plea agreement with the commonwealth. All were gathered on July 3, 2021, for a family birthday cookout at Green’s Deep Creek home on July 3, 2021.
According to testimony at the preliminary hearing, Barnes became louder and drunker as the evening wore on. His elderly mother, who had mobility problems, wanted to go home. Barnes did not want to leave the party and became angry.
Reid was helping to load plates of food in the car of a relative who would drive Barnes and Barnes’ mother to Exmore. Barnes began an argument with another man which quickly turned violent. Reid tried to intervene and stop the fight. Barnes pulled out a pistol and shot him.
Barnes then turned to his mother, saying he was tired of taking care of her and shot her in the head. Green began running. He reloaded his pistol and fired at her as she ran.
Barnes pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted second-degree murder, and three counts of using a firearm for the murders and attempted murder. Six additional counts were not prosecuted according to the terms of the agreement.
Barnes faces a maximum of 350 years in prison for these convictions. His sentencing is set for Nov. 10.