A circuit court judge in Richland County was asked Thursday to separate the trials of two defendants facing murder charges in the shooting death of a 33-year-old mother of four killed in a 2013 bakery robbery.
Attorneys for defendants Trenton Barnes and Lorenzo Young argued before Judge Robert Hood that the pair’s constitutional rights would be violated if they were tried together for the July 2013 slaying of Kelly Hunnewell.
A third defendant, Troy Stevenson, is expected to testify against the two.
Hood said he would take that matter under advisement as well as determine what video and photographic evidence will be included or excluded from the trial, which is set to begin in several weeks.
In one recently discovered video, taken off Young’s cell phone, he appeared with a gun and rapped about using it, Luck Campbell, an assistant solicitor with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, told the judge.
“During the course of these videos, he points a gun and talks about killing multiple people,” she said.
Hunnewell was shot multiple times in the early morning hours of July 1, 2013 as she worked alone in the bakery. The three were arrested less than a week later and face a variety of charges, among them murder, kidnapping and attempted armed robbery.
Stevenson and Young were 18 at the time of the crime, while Barnes was 16.
Police allege the three defendants pushed their way through a propped door about 3 a.m. as Hunnewell was making bagels at a bakery on Tommy Circle, off Beltline Boulevard near Two Notch Road.
She worked for Carolina Cafe & Catering Co., a popular eatery steps away from the USC Horseshoe. She split her workday between the restaurant and worked a flexible schedule to maximize the time she spent with her children, who were ages 13, 9, 8 and 6, at the time of the slaying.
Young and Stevenson were out on bond awaiting trial on other charges at the time of Hunnewell’s killing – prompting public outrage and calls for bond reform.
In court Thursday, attorney Mark Schnee, representing Barnes, and public defender Stephen Krzyston, representing Young, agreed that during the trial there would be no references made to gangs or the defendants’ criminal records. Columbia police said at at the time of Hunnewell’s killing that the suspects were gang members.
Witnesses in the trial also will be sequestered although Barnes’ mother will be allowed to return to court after her testimony, the judge agreed.