Murdered Stamford man's loved ones looking for answers after prime suspect's acquittal

Jesse Arms

Melinda Arms says her brother's murder trial was taken as a joke and tells KTXS News that she plans to travel to Stamford for answers next week.

Jesse Arms was shot in the neck around 2 a.m. on Mother's Day 2016 on the 100 block of North Ferguson Street in Stamford, according to the Stamford Police Department.

A family friend, who does not want to be identified, says his family wants justice for his murder.

“Somebody's supposed to have some guilty feeling about Jesse being dead,” said the anonymous friend.

However, the two suspects named in Jesse Arms’ murder have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Barry Lee Bailey Jr., 27, and his father, Barry Eugene Bailey Sr., 52, both of Stamford, were both indicted by a Jones County grand jury in 2016 for Arms’ death.

According to court documents, a Jones County judge found Bailey Jr. not guilty of murder during Thursday’s trial and a motion to dismiss charges was filed today for Bailey Sr. for insufficient evidence.

“What was investigated? What happened to the evidence? And if it's not no longer available, why is it not?” said Melinda Arms. “He was my brother and it hurt me as his sister, it hurt me, that all this was taken as a joke because that's exactly how I feel.”

Arms is planning to travel to Stamford to speak with the Jones County District Attorney.

“I want justice, I don't want people to think that other people can go around just killing people and it's okay because it does not matter who you are, what your background was, you are still a person.” Arms said. “I want him to be known as this talented, wonderful young man he was.”

Arms’ anonymous family friend also wants those to remember his fallen friend as a man who was passionate about art and had hopes to leave his small town to achieve his dreams.

KTXS News went to the Jones County Courthouse Friday afternoon, but could not find any documents at the facility explaining why Bailey Jr. was found not guilty of Arms’ murder.

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