Competency Of Accused Police Chief Killer Questioned

A little more than a year after the death of a Kentucky police chief, the man charged in his murder returned to court on Wednesday, perhaps for one of the last times before he stands trial.

Jamie Barnett is accused of shooting Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy to death on June 13, 2007. Lacy had arrested Barnett for DUI. Investigators say Lacy's gun somehow slipped to the backseat of the cruiser and Barnett shot the chief from behind. Barnett says he doesn't remember what happened because he was high on drugs.

At Wednesday's hearing, Barnett's attorneys told a judge they have a doctor who claims Barnett's IQ is less than 70. Under U.S. Supreme Court guidelines, that would make him ineligible for the death penalty.

The Commonwealth's attorney, on the other hand, has a doctor who claims Barnett's IQ is actually greater than 70.

A competency hearing has been set for July 2nd in Powell Circuit Court. Barnett's trial is supposed to start next month in neighboring Montgomery County.


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