Updated: September 7, 2014 6:25AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled a hearing next week to determine whether prosecutors are entitled to know if a 17-year-old girl charged with murder and robbery in her mother’s homicide is pregnant.
Alyssa Barrett, wearing red jail scrubs reserved for juvenile offenders, had her formal appearance Tuesday before Vasquez with defense attorney Sonya Scott-Dix. Barrett has pleaded not guilty.
Deputy prosecutor Sabrina Haney told the judge she is seeking the medical records to confirm that Barrett is pregnant, which would fit with the state’s theory of the case as to why Barrett’s mother, DeCarol Deloney-Cain, 54, was killed.
Deloney-Cain’s decomposing body was found bound with duct tape and wrapped in garbage bags in the trunk of her car, which was found abandoned about 11:39 a.m. July 7 at 21st Avenue and Mississippi Street in Gary. Court records indicate Deloney-Cain was killed July 3.
Damarius McGriggs, 18, Barrett’s boyfriend who also is charged with murder, told police that Barrett is pregnant with his child and that he killed Deloney-Cain after the mother had argued with him about the pregnancy and she struck him. In one of several versions of the events, Barrett also told police that her mother was unhappy about the pregnancy and had been trying to convince her not to have the baby, which angered the teen couple, court records state.
Deloney-Cain had several puncture wounds to her upper middle chest area and just below her neck and a skull fracture from blunt force trauma.
The same day that Deloney-Cain was killed, Barrett and McGriggs told a jewelry store clerk at Southlake Mall that they were engaged. The following day they returned to the store to purchase and size an engagement ring, court records state.
Scott-Dix told Vasquez she had just been assigned the case by the Lake County public defender’s office and wasn’t prepared to respond to the state’s request, which was set for hearing on Aug. 12.