PANGUITCH — Two men accused of fatally shooting a Garfield County sheriff's deputy have been scheduled for a two-day preliminary hearing in 6th District Court beginning June 19. Judge K.L. McIff set the hearing date this week.
William Allred and Earl Barnes are charged in the Jan. 26 death of deputy Dave Jones. The two men were allegedly driving drunk on a dirt road in the Alvey Wash Road east of Escalante when they were stopped by Jones.
After arresting Allred, the driver, and placing him in the patrol vehicle, Jones, 44, was allegedly shot through the heart with a shotgun by Barnes. On a recording of the incident, Jones is heard to ask Barnes to "put the gun down" followed by an exchange of gunfire. Jones had been a deputy just 16 months.
Allred, 50, and Barnes, 53, fled the scene, but were spotted by an Arizona police helicopter and arrested within a few hours.
Barnes is charged with aggravated murder, a capital offense which carries the death penalty, and one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. He is also facing the additional charges of aggravated escape, a first-degree felony, or alternatively aiding escape, a second-degree felony. A third-degree felony charge of obstruction of justice and a class C misdemeanor charge of having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle have also been filed against Barnes.
Allred is charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated escape, both first-degree felonies; one count of obstruction of justice and one count of driving under the influence, both third-degree felonies.
Both men, who worked together at an Escalante sawmill, are being held in the Garfield County Jail.