Hannah Barker declared indigent; state to pay for defense

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Hannah Barker appeared in Natchitoches court this morning. Her attorney, Dhu Thompson, made a motion for Barker to be declared indigent.*

District Judge Desiree Dyess signed the motion with one exception; Barker will have to pay her attorney. She will continue to have private counsel. All other costs for her defense, such as expert witnesses, will fall upon the state.

Barker is charged in the death of her son, Levi Cole Ellerbe, age 6 months.

See the full story in the Thursday, June 11 print edition.

*A person who is eligible to be represented by a public defender under s. 27.51 but who is represented by private counsel not appointed by the court for a reasonable fee as approved by the court, on a pro bono basis, or who is proceeding pro se, may move the court for a determination that he or she is indigent for costs and eligible for the provision of due process services, as prescribed by ss. 29.006 and 29.007, funded by the State.