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Marmarth man has pretrial for sex crime

Hearsay evidence may be allowed at the trial of a Marmarth man accused of having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl.

Jamie Barnes allegedly engaged in the contact on or about Sept. 13, according to a criminal complaint.

Nici Meyer Clarkson, Slope County state's attorney, filed a motion of intent to use hearsay evidence at Barnes' pretrial conference Tuesday afternoon.

"It's an out-of-court statement made of a child under the age of 12," Meyer Clarkson said after the hearing. "There are certain things that the court has to find in order for those statements to be available."

Barnes' attorney Jay Greenwood requested a hearing be held on the matter. Judge William Herauf said he would try to get a hearing scheduled prior to Barnes' trial, set for June 2.

Barnes said he "strongly disputes' the gross sexual imposition charge he faces after his pretrial conference Tuesday.

Barnes is facing other, unrelated charges in Slope County.

-- By Ashley Martin

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