Woman Indicted Again In Boy's Slaying

September Trial For Peggy Edenfield Moved Due To Pretrial Publicity

Published On: Oct 03 2011 04:16:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2011 12:22:28 PM EDT
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

A Glynn County woman faces new charges in the 2007 slaying of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy after a grand jury returned an updated indictment against her.

Peggy Edenfield is still scheduled to stand trial next month in the molestation and slaying of young Christopher Michael Barrios. She is charged with false imprisonment, sexual assault and murder.

The state made Edenfield a plea offer on charges in her role in Barrios' death. In February, she rejected an offer to plead guilty in exchange for 30 years in prison and elected to face a trial.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson said the new indictment simply tailors the charges to fit Edenfield's role in the slayings.

After a week-long search, Barrios' naked body was found stuffed in a garbage bag in March 2007.

Four years ago, Edenfield, with her husband and their grown son, were all charged with malice murder. The new indictment charges the woman with two counts of felony murder, which carries an automatic life sentence.

Edenfield testified against her husband, David Edenfield, who was convicted and sentenced to death in October 2009. She was prepared to testify against her son, George Edenfield, before he was found incompetent to stand trial.

Peggy Edenfield's trial was moved to Valdosta because of pretrial publicity.