Harrison County Sheriff’s Investigators Carolyn Prendergast and Chad Sablich escort Richard Lambert into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on Friday. Lambert, who is accused of killing and dismembering Robert Barnes of Long Beach, was transported from Cincinnati, Ohio.
GULFPORT — Capital murder suspect Richard A. Lambert looked straight ahead Friday and showed no emotion as sheriff’s investigators escorted the shackled, small-framed man into the Harrison County jail.
Minutes later, Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray formally charged him with the dismemberment and robbery of a 79-year-old Long Beach man. Lambert also is accused of forging Robert “Bob” Barnes’ name on a check before Lambert left the Coast in May.
By the time he had left town, Barnes’ remains were found floating in a river six miles away from his home on Red Creek Road.
Lambert, 32, had been held in Cincinnati, Ohio, since his capture. Two Harrison County transport officers drove him to Harrison County to face prosecution.
After an 11-hour drive, Lambert received a form to request a court-appointed attorney and was booked in to await arrangements for legal council, said Herman Cox, Harrison County prosecuting attorney.
Once an attorney has been appointed, a hearing will be scheduled.
Lambert rented a room for a month at a bed and breakfast across the road from Barnes’ home.
Sheriff’s officials have not said whether Barnes, a retired railroad employee who lived alone, was killed at his home or at a Pass Christian bayou where his remains were found.
Authorities said Lambert, who has a Burlington, Ky., address, used the identity of Jimmy Brantley, a man he met in Florida before Lambert visited the Coast. Brantley hasn’t been located by authorities.
This isn’t the first time Lambert has been linked to the discovery of a body in a body of water. He was convicted in 2003 in the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was pulled from a river in Petersburg, Ky.
Lambert is on probation for conviction of aiding in the attempted escape of federal prisoner Clayton Lee Wagoner, who was convicted in 2003 of mailing hundreds of anthrax letters as a hoax to abortion clinics around the nation.