Ventura County

Juvenile charged with murder of homeless man in Oxnard, expected to be tried as adult

OXNARD, Calif. - A 17-year-old male was charged on Tuesday for the murder of a homeless man in Oxnard . 

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced the 17-year-old suspect involved in the murder of Charles Mikell Barber on June 24 is expected to be tried as an adult. 

The 17-year-old suspect appeared in court and was charged with murder and use of a knife for death.  

In the past, the juvenile has been charged with four robberies that occurred from May 23 to June 24. 

There was also special allegations that he personally used a knife in two of the robberies and caused great bodily injury to a victim over the age of 70 in one of the robberies. 

Barber died of multiple stab wound during an altercation with the juvenile. 

The 17-year-old was arrested on Sunday for Barber's murder. 

The District Attorney's Office has filed a motion to transfer the juvenile to Ventura County Superior Court for prosecution as an adult. 

He is set to appear in court again on Oct. 10.


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