Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Man innocent in girl's death, girlfriend says

The Associated Press

        MARION, Ohio — The man accused of abducting and killing a 7-year-old girl is a loving father to five children and is being falsely accused of the crime, his girlfriend said.

        A judge set bond Tuesday at $500,000 for Barry Satta, 38, who is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and aggravated burglary.

        Mr. Satta appeared in Marion Municipal Court wearing a bullet-resistant vest, police said.

        He's accused in the death of Bobbie Jo Barry. Her body was found Monday afternoon. , Her father, Max Barry, found that she was missing at 7:15 a.m. Sunday.

        Mr. Satta's girlfriend, Phyllis McCoy, said police have wrongly accused Mr. Satta based on Max Barry's statement that he saw Mr. Satta's car at his home around 4 a.m. Sunday.

        “At that time there, I can vouch that he (Satta) was not at that home,” Ms. McCoy said.


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