Attorney for Alexandria Kidnapping Suspect: 'There Are Two Sides to Every Story'

September 18, 2017 06:51 PM

The attorney for a man accused of taking part in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl said there's more to the story. 

Authorities say the Alexandria teenager was held captive for 29 days, before making a run for help earlier this month.


Thomas Barker is one of three men charged in the case. His attorney said there are two sides to every story and Barker's has not been told yet.

RELATED: Charges: Alexandria Teen Held in Closet, Assaulted Multiple Times During Captivity

"Contrary to what is out in the press by the county, Mr. Barker's story is significantly different than that," attorney Justin Braulick said. "And we would say that's not accurate."

The victims' family and friends were in court Monday, and while they opted not to say anything after court, one man was vocal as he was leaving the courtroom.

RELATED: Criminal Sexual Conduct, Kidnapping Among Pending Charges for 3 in Alleged Alexandria Teen Assault

The judge said this can be a volatile case and reminded the man to keep his comments in check.

The public defenders for the other two men charged in the case, Steven Powers and Joshua Holby, did not want to talk on camera.

Barker's attorney said Monday was the first day he saw some of the preliminary evidence in the case. And he said there is a lot more investigating to do.

RELATED: Police Say Acquaintance, 2 Others Kidnapped, Assaulted Alexandria Teenager

He said Barker's story would come out in court, but wouldn't elaborate.

Braulick acknowledged Barker has cerebral palsy. But when asked about how debilitating the physical disability is for him, he said:

"I can't comment on that at this time." 

The three suspects came from jail and were each in court less than five minutes. They each said nothing to the judge and were escorted out by sheriff's deputies.

All three are scheduled to be back in court before the end of the year.


Jessica Miles

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