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George Edenfield incompetent to stand trial for murder of Christopher Barrios

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Updated: 4/18/2013 6:51 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Sue Rodriquez sat just feet away from George Edenfield Thursday, just feet away from the convicted child molester accused of luring her 6-year-old grandson to his death.

"I wanna go over there and beat the dog s*** out of him!" she said.

It's been six years since Christopher Barrios was murdered.  Prosecutors say George Edenfield, now 38 years old, brought Barrios to his home where he and his father, David, took turns sexually abusing him. David's mother, Peggy, watched the abuse.

A disgusted Rodriguez said, "She stood and masturbated while they done that to my baby."

After almost a week of torture, prosecutors say George and David strangled the little boy, put his body in a trash bag, and threw it into the woods a few miles from their home.

Two doctors testified that Edenfield is mildly retarded, and that he was also a victim of sexual abuse.

"I do not believe he is competent to stand trial," said psychologist, Dr. Greg Cox.

Dr. Karen Bailey-Smith testified, "Sexual abuse in the family was pretty involved, with Mr. Edenfield abusing his sister.  His mother having sex with a 17 year old cousin.  And that both Mr. Edenfield and his sister watching."

Edenfield's defense didn't argue, agreeing with the state's stance that he be committed to a state mental hospital instead of being sent to prison.

The decision infuriates Rodriguez, who says George Edenfield deserves nothing less than the death penalty.  "How many more little kids have they done done like this?" she said.

Right this minute, David Edenfield is sitting on death row for Barrios' murder.  Peggy Edenfield is serving 60 years in prison.
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ShellyStow - 4/19/2013 7:56 AM
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What a horrible and tragic story for everyone involved. We absolutely must remember, in reflecting on these heinous situations, that they are rare and terrible and not indicative of people in general. Native, I firmly disagree with you that 1 in 5 people are sociopaths. I do not think you will find any proof for that statement anywhere. And when you speak of child predators, again, be sure you are aware that you speak of a very small percentage, in fact a miniscule percentage, when it comes to people who would do what these individuals did. We have a warped and inflated perception of how frequently these situations occur because, when they do occur, they are magnified in the news to such a high degree. But remember what "news" is--it is something that is an anomaly, that is uncommon, something that seldom happens. I pray for peace and comfort for the families involved in this tragedy.

nativejax - 4/19/2013 12:40 AM
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It was proven that 1 in 5 people are sociopaths...and I know for a FACT that child predators are CALCULATING AND CUNNING when it comes to molesting and raping their victims. They will brainwash and deceive everyone that knows them they are 'decent' and threaten their victims with death etc, to INSURE their filthy little secrets don't get out. They are bankers, judges, church members, teachers, and the list goes on and on..but to absolutely INSURE no one catches them as the filthy monsters they are, they will also murder them.

tlynn - 4/18/2013 7:56 PM
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When did raping and torturing become a "competent" thing to do? I agree that he needs to stand trial…But it does make you wonder…What kind of sane person would commit this kind of atrocious behavior?!?!?!?

nativejax - 4/18/2013 7:41 PM
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But this maggot was 'competent' enough to torture,rape and murder this child for his own self self serving reasons? He's should stand trial for this just assuredly as he will stand trial for it in front of God Almighty.

c9bcrewman - 4/18/2013 6:58 PM
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a sorry human being have him killed and throw him in the trash!

Gunny48 - 4/18/2013 6:48 PM
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Justice is not of this earth in a crime so horrible.
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