HEARING WAIVED: Teen Carjacking Suspect


A teenager accused of a carjacking that severely injured a Des Moines man waived his preliminary hearing Friday morning.

Sixteen-year-old Kenneth Barry is charged as an adult with two counts of first degree robbery.

He was brought into a Polk County courtroom shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, but he did not appear before a judge.

His trial date has not been set.

Police say Barry is one of three teens who pulled 36-year-old Mike Wasike from his car and beat him on February 26th and took off in his car, leaving him in the street.

Wasike remains in the hospital.  He was in a medically induced coma for weeks and suffered brain damage.

Two other teens are charged in the case. The Polk County Attorney’s Office is asking a judge to charge 15-year-old Terrance Cheeks and Leshaun Murray as adults as well.

Those hearings are scheduled for next month.

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