A June 25 Metro article about the arrest of two men in the slaying of Barbara E. White in Fairfax County misstated the date her body was discovered. It was found Nov. 29, 1993, not Nov. 30, 1994. (Published 6/28/2005)
Two men have been arrested in the slaying 11 years ago of a 19-year-old single mother who was stabbed to death inside her Fairfax County apartment while her 13-month-old daughter watched.
The slaying of Barbara E. White, who lived on Fairchild Drive, did not attract much media attention after her father discovered her body on Nov. 30, 1994. But Fairfax homicide Detective Robert J. Murphy never let the case drop and continued his investigation when he was assigned to the department's cold case squad, which specializes in older, unsolved murders.
Court records show that federal prosecutors in Alexandria became interested in the case and obtained indictments June 9 charging two men -- Arlington Johnson Jr. and Lonnie T. Barnett Jr. -- with one count each of committing murder while engaged in drug trafficking.
Barnett was arrested recently at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., and is being held without bond at the Alexandria city jail. The federal public defender's office was appointed to represent him, and he has a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Johnson was arrested this week in the Columbus, Ohio, area and remains in custody there. The ages of the two men were not available yesterday.
Federal prosecutors declined to comment on the case and would not release a copy of the indictment, which a court official said was unsealed on Thursday. Fairfax police said they could not discuss the case because it was being handled by federal authorities.
The arrests were first reported Thursday night by WUSA-TV (Channel 9).
Barbara White's family told The Washington Post in 1994 that she had had a tumultuous adolescence and that she hung out with a troubled group of teens in Southeast Washington. She attended high school in Prince George's County, even after moving to Woodbridge, and became pregnant during her senior year.
Her family said she seemed to turn her life around after giving birth to her daughter, Lexie. She got a job at a mortgage company in Forestville, impressed her boss with her ability to learn and perform and got an apartment in the Hybla Valley area, just west of Route 1.
Police do not think that White was involved in illegal activity or drug dealing. But investigators believe acquaintances from her days in Southeast may have carried some sort of resentment toward her.
White's father went to check on her when no one could locate her. Her family told The Post that he found her in the bathtub and that she had been gagged, beaten and stabbed 82 times.
Broken and bloody knives were scattered throughout the apartment. Police told the family that White's assailants had tried to electrocute and drown her. She had been dead about 18 hours when her father found her.
Lexie was unharmed. She had wandered from room to room, leaving a trail of tiny bloody footprints, her family said. Someone had opened a jar of baby food for her and left it on the living room floor.
Lexie, now 12, is being raised by White's older sister, Paula Morales. Morales did not return calls yesterday.