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Jury Selection Enters Day Two In Accused Cop Killer's Trial

Jury selection entered a second day on Wednesday in Montgomery County in the trial of a man accused of gunning down a small town police chief.

Jamie Barnett stands charged with the murder of Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy. Lacy was shot and killed by his own gun. Investigators say Barnett was in the back seat of the cruiser.

The shooting happened in Powell County, but the trail will be held in Montgomery County because there were concerns about the ability to seat an impartial jury.

At a hearing on Monday, a judge ruled that the state can seek the death penalty against Barnett.

Under federal law, a person cannot be executed unless their IQ exceeds 70. Barnett scored less than 70 on an IQ test, but an expert testified last week that he likely tried to score lower on purpose.

The judge also ruled on Monday that no one will be allowed into the courtroom during the trial if they wear anything that shows support for Chief Lacy. The judge also ruled that the Powell County Sheriff's Department will not be allowed to provide courtroom security or transport Barnett to and from the jail.

Jury selection started Tuesday morning.

The judge is optimistic that a jury will be chosen by the end of the day on Wednesday.


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