Trial set in cold case

Print Article

Beckford

SANDPOINT — A trial date is set for a Bonner County man charged with killing his wife in Washington state in 1997.

Barry Brandon Beckford is scheduled stand trial in Yakima County Superior Court on May 31, according to online court records. A trial confirmation hearing is planned for May 27.

Beckford, formally known as Barrett Bailey, is charged with first-degree murder. His 32-year-old wife Deborah Bailey was found shot to death northeast of Naches, Wash.

Beckford was a longtime suspect in the slaying, but escaped prosecution due to a lack of evidence until January of last year, when he was arrested at his Vay home. Beckford’s arrest coincided with the airing of an episode of “Cold Justice,” a Turner Network Television program that probes unsolved homicides with the consent of law enforcement.

In a video segment, detectives from Yakima County braced Beckford about killing his wife, but Beckford denied any involvement. Yakima County prosecutors determined they had probable cause to arrest Beckford after conducted a thorough reinvestigation of the evidence and witnesses. The prosecution has not disclosed whether new information emerged as a result of the reinvestigation.

When Beckford was returned to Yakima County to faces the charge, Beckford said his case amounted to public entertainment in which he was the “sacrificial lamb,” according to a Yakima newspaper account.

About six months after Beckford’s arrest, he was further charged with witness tampering for telling a fellow inmate to place a threatening letter in the mailbox of a key witness and to burn down the person’s garage in Selah, Wash. The letter allegedly warned that there was $10,000 hit out on the witness and alleged drew a map of the targeted property, according to published news accounts.

It was not clear in news reports if the inmate carried out the alleged plot.

Additional witness-tampering charges were filed after Beckford allegedly tried to influence the statements of his two sons, both of whom are identified as witnesses in the murder case.

Beckford, 62, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail while the case is pending.

Print Article

Read More Local News

DYW participants ‘Aim High’

April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee PRIEST RIVER — Eight high school juniors will “Aim High” per the “Top Gun” theme of this year’s Distinguished Young Women Program. “Our newest committee member Jeanette Shockey has been bugging us f...

Comments

Read More

Dam ops update meeting is today

April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee PRIEST RIVER — Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are hosting an Albeni Falls Dam operations update tonight. The meeting runs from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Priest River Event Center off...

Comments

Read More

Tubbs Hill bones at least 200 years old

April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — The human remains found last month by a hiker at Tubbs Hill will not be used by authorities to solve any local cold cases. The human femur discovered March 28, as well as the rest of...

Comments

Read More

LPOIC derby drawing nigh

April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee PONDERAY — More than $20,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs during the 2019 iteration of the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club’s annual spring derby. The derby runs from Saturday, April 27 to Sunday...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2019 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X