Man accused of gruesome killing may be linked to more murders

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

BILOXI, MS.  (WLOX) - The man accused in the gruesome killing of an elderly Long Beach man is back in Mississippi after he fled to Ohio.

31 year old Richard Lambert will be tried for capital murder.

Authorities say Lambert robbed, stabbed and dismembered 79 year old Robert Barnes.

Not only is Richard Lambert accused of killing the elderly man in Long Beach, he's also now a suspect in other murders.

The man described by law enforcement as a "dangerous individual" is being held at the Harrison County Jail.

A stoic Richard Lambert arrived at the jail Friday afternoon, following an 11 hour trip from Cincinnati, Ohio.

He had no comment when questioned by reporters.

A flag, a cross and a yellow ribbon now mark the scene of the murder on Red Creek Road.

Authorities believe the victim, 79 year old Robert Barnes, was robbed and stabbed to death in the small wood frame home where he lived.

The victim's body was then cut apart, with portions of the body recovered from the waters of Discovery Bay north of Pass Christian.

Investigators say prior to the murder, suspect Lambert was staying at a bed and breakfast across the street from the victim's house.

"We had him identified not too long after the murder occurred. And we traced him and got him in custody up in Ohio. You know, this is a brutal case. We're glad to get him back into Mississippi where we can go on through with the prosecution on it. And we plan on trying to move as quickly as we can on his trial," said Sheriff Melvin Brisolara.

Lambert was arrested a month ago at an apartment complex in a suburb of Cincinnati.

He resisted arrest and was tasered before taken into custody.

Authorities in Cincinnati are familiar with Lambert, who previously served seven years on a reckless homicide conviction after he killed a 22 year old woman and dumped her body in the Ohio river.

"I haven't seen anybody with his mindset in a long time.  I've been in law enforcement for about 19 years. He's a very dangerous individual," said one of the investigators in Ohio.

The gruesome killing of Robert Barnes may not be the only death linked to suspect Lambert.  Sheriff Brisolara says there's a strong likelihood the accused killer will face additional charges.

"We have other agencies like I said that are looking into some other murders in their areas. And I feel he might lead to some other ones," said Sheriff Brisolara.

Lambert has not confessed to the killing of Robert Barnes. In fact, Sheriff Brisolara says so far the suspect has been rather uncooperative with investigators.

"We've got strong evidence in this case though and we feel very comfortable with this case," said the sheriff.

As for those other murders Lambert may be linked with, Sheriff Brisolara would not give details.

But he did say the suspect left a trail that went through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and then back to Ohio.

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