LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An accused murderer spent a few minutes out of jail today, when he entered the county court house for a pre-trial hearing.
Terrance Barnes is on trial for the death of his girlfriend, Rosa Pina, and her brother, Pepe Pina, and, if found guilty, he could get the death penalty.
Barnes is accused of stabbing both to death at their home on July 26. It is also believed that the killings happened in front of five young children who were in the home.
It is believed that Barnes stabbed Rosa at least 10 times.
Barnes would be arrested later that night following a massive manhunt.
The hearing was to extend a deadline for the defense to get expert witnesses. They now have until May 1.
The only people in audience at the hearing was family of the victims, who say they are trying to see life as normal.
"We're just trying to live life as normal as usual as much as we can," said Jennie Pina, the victim's sister.
AND PART OF THAT IS BY SHOWING SUPPORT FOR THE LOVED ONES THEY HAVE LOST.
"I guess to make sure that he gets justice and that our sister and brother get justice and to go for the death penalty because that's what he deserves," Pina said.
Something they hope comes sooner than later.