Barry son’s arrest warrant is quickly rescinded

A warrant for the arrest of D.C. Council member Marion Barry’s son was issued after he failed to show up for a hearing on PCP possession charges Wednesday.

But the warrant was quickly canceled after the judge overseeing the hearing learned that Marion Christopher Barry, 31, was taking a drug test in the D.C. Superior Court building. Barry subsequently showed up, and his next hearing was scheduled for July 27.

The younger Barry was arrested May 28 after neighbors reported yelling and sounds of fighting inside his apartment in the 4300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW, according to charging documents.

When police arrived, according to the documents, Barry refused to open the door, jumped out of his first-floor apartment window and ran, leaving blood on the floor.

Inside the apartment, the charging documents said, police found five sandwich bags determined to contain marijuana, as well as a vial three-quarters full of a liquid later determined to be PCP.

Barry later returned to the apartment, where he was treated for a bleeding foot and arrested, the documents said. While in the apartment, police seized his passport and mail, according to the charging documents.

He was charged with one count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Barry and prosecutors were in plea discussions, court records show. The same day as his next hearing, July 27, according to court records, Barry is scheduled to appear in Landlord Tenant Court for an eviction hearing.

On June 29, Nalls Development and Investment filed a complaint in D.C. Superior Court alleging that Barry had failed to pay his $950 June rent. The company was seeking the back rent and $35 late fee.

Barry’s attorney, Frederick Cooke Jr., declined to comment on the drug possession case and said he was not aware of the eviction notice.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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