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Wednesday events led up to Friday standoff, according to court documents

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

The 14-hour police standoff with a Clay County deputy began with events that occurred two days earlier, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The Probable Cause Affidavit in the domestic dispute case against Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathon Lambert was unsealed by Circuit Court Judge Robert Pell late Tuesday afternoon, providing information from the alleged victim's statement to authorities.

To date, five charges have been leveled against Lambert, including felony counts of Criminal Confinement, Intimidation and Sexual Battery plus two misdemeanor counts of Domestic Battery and Criminal Recklessness.

Cayla N. Barker told Indiana State Police Trooper Sgt. J. Troy Stanton the hostility began when she attempted to end their 2 1/2- year relationship on Wednesday before the Friday incident.

Stanton interviewed her shortly after the alleged domestic battery at Lambert's home, 6764 W. U.S. 40, early Friday morning,

Lambert is in the process of getting a divorce, while Barker has been estranged from her husband for an unknown amount of time.

The following allegations were made during the interview:

Barker said she ordered Lambert out of her Brazil residence on Wednesday after a "fight" about a text message, but he didn't leave and wouldn't let her leave either.

The altercation became physical when Lambert tried to restrain Barker, who admitted to hitting and spitting in his face. She said Lambert contacted the Brazil City Police Department, requesting that she be arrested for assaulting an officer.

Early Thursday afternoon, Barker said she called Lambert. He asked her to come to his home after she got off work.

Around 9:15 p.m., Lambert began calling her, leaving approximately 24 messages in an hour, requesting she come to his home. When she contacted Lambert, Barker said she told him their relationship was over and he agreed but he asked her to come to his home "and at least give him a hug."

When she arrived at Lambert's home around 10:25 p.m., Thursday, Barker said he grabbed her just as she stepped just inside the doorway and began questioning her about a possible reconciliation with her estranged husband.

Lambert then threw her down on a recliner, refusing to let her leave until she contacted her husband.

During this time Barker says Lambert touched her in an inappropriate way for sexual gratification, choked and threatened to hit her with his fists while telling her he was going to kill her because "she deserved to die."

When she agreed to call her husband, Barker said Lambert disconnected the phone call.

The two went outside to Barker's vehicle, where Lambert took her cell phone and the keys to her car.

Barker attempted to get away, locking herself in the car, but Lambert managed to enter the auto. While the two were inside the car, Barker's husband, Neil Barker, drove past the house revving his engine before pulling away.

While Lambert contacted Neil Barker, telling him to come back and fight him, Cayla Barker escaped from the car and ran down the driveway to U.S. 40 then towards C.R. 650 W. Lambert chased Barker with her own car, coming within three or four feet of hitting her, before catching up to her.

Neil Barker's statement, that he believed his estranged wife to be in danger and his attempt at diverting Lambert's attention to allow her to escape to safety, is also part of the probable cause affidavit.

A struggle between the two allowed Barker to get her keys and cell phone back, and when safely back inside the car, she called her mother, Susie Hayes, who called 911 around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning and officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene.

Cayla Barker was taken into protective custody and taken to the Clay County Justice Center to be interviewed by the investigative team from Indiana State Police.

No explanation has been given why the Probable Cause Affidavit was sealed and not made available until Tuesday.



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