Stacey Barker - It's Time To Get This Trial Underway
Monday is another day in the ongoing saga of Stacey Barker's pending murder trial - but more importantly, Sunday, April 25 - will mark the third Easter Sunday Emma Leigh Barker will not be celebrating with her family.
Emma, only 18 months old when she died, had just one Easter celebration. If she lived, Emma would now be 3 1/2. Old enough to go to church, if her family so wanted - in a cute new dress, with a bonnet, ruffled socks, little purse and matching shoes - old enough to have an Easter Egg Hunt - an Easter Basket with a chocolate bunny that would have melted into a fine mess and maybe a new stuffed toy to snuggle at night.
Instead, if the family celebrates Easter with Emma - it will be at the Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, where her little grave sits - a marker displaying a picture of a toddler with a smile that would melt your heart.
While Emma waits for Justice - her 26 year old mother, Stacey, waits in the Central Regional Detention Center - in lieu of $1,000,000 bond. On April 18 - jury selection began in a case that is now 25 months old. Rumor has it that a jury has yet to be seated. Her attorney, Roberto Dager is still requesting a Change of Venue. As if taking the trial out of the AV is going to make a difference. The citizens of Los Angeles are all feeling, thinking individuals - just like their contemporaries in Lancaster. If Mr Dager is only interested in jurors who won't care that Barker is accused of murdering her daughter, this trial will never start.
Barker is entitled to a fair trial, with a jury of her peers - those peers are the folks she went to school with, worked with, shopped with, and passed by on the streets in the town where she lived.
It's time to get this trial underway! No more stall tactics, no more delays.
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