Slain Milledgeville woman victim of 'very aggressive' stabbing


A 76-year-old Lake Sinclair resident died an extremely violent death before her body was found Wednesday, according to autopsy results released Friday.

Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said the post-mortem examination on Sandra Brantley Barrett was consistent with what investigators suspect happened to her.

"It was a multiple stabbing in a very aggressive crime scene and murder," Massee said Friday morning.

Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez said Barrett's death has been ruled a homicide by multiple sharp trauma stabbing wounds.

Barrett had suffered prior beatings at the hands of her son, authorities said, and a restraining order was in place against 57-year-old Steven Barrett.

Wednesday, he had gone to his mother's neighbor's house to report that he found his mother dead in the kitchen of her home at 143 Bill Johnson Road.

He was arrested that same day for violating his probation by ignoring the restraining order.

Barrett, who was taken into custody wearing only shorts, was given some sheriff's office gear to cover his bare chest in his mug shot.

Thursday morning, divers from the Georgia State Patrol searched near the dock of the woman's house on the Baldwin County side of Lake Sinclair.

Massee declined to say whether a knife was found.

"We recovered good evidence at the scene," he said.

Baldwin County investigators, working with the GBI, are going over that evidence, but have not upgraded Barrett's charges to murder, as of Friday.

Barrett is being held without bond in the Baldwin County jail.

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