Accused Cop Killer Appears In Court

The man accused of killing the Clay City Police Chief was back in court Monday morning.

Jamie Barnett is accused of shooting Chief Randy Lacy back in June.

Monday, Barnett's lawyers asked the judge to remove the death penalty as a possible sentence.

They cited Kentucky death row inmate Ralph Baze's case, now before the Supreme Court, which challenges lethal injection.

But the judge refused the motion saying it was premature.

Also, both sides said they will conduct psychiatric tests on Barnett.

That will delay his trial, which was scheduled to start in January.

Barnett has said he doesn't remember anything about the incident, because he was under the influence of drugs at the time.


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  • by Brad Location: Frankfort on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    Death penalty and if he thinks that Lethal injection is cruel and unusual like Ralph Baze does then kill him like he did Randy.
  • by patty Location: stanton on Nov 20, 2007 at 06:08 PM
    the ralph baze case- i think this is bull to give this guy more time. we are giving him 6 more months and the people he murdered dont have that. what about the vitims family they cant even have closure. as far as leathal injection being cruel and unusal punishment it alot better than what he give those people he killed. as for jamie barnett he chose to do them drugs so i dont feel sorry for him either. thanks
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    He is human garbage and deserves to be put to death. Why waste money sending him to a psychiatrist? He even knows what he did was wrong. Sending him for tests will only give him the chance to act dumber than he really is, therefore getting off in a mental institution, sucking more money off the honest hard working folks.
  • by Karen Location: Stanton on Nov 13, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    If Mr. Barnett doesn't "remember" his actions of that fateful day because of being under the influence of an illegal drug, then the charges should consist of murder as well as drug charges, theft because he did steal an officer's weapon. The list could go on. It really doesn't matter when his trial is set to start everyone, I'm sure, will agree that his "selective memory" is a very interesting and hopefully futile defense.
  • by Lavonna Location: Stanton on Nov 13, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    Liz, I have lived in Powell County all my life and I have never heard the rumor of a judge's wife that is a druggie and I know most of the people in the courthouse, did my intern there from Feb - May 2006 and not once did I hear that story.. If it is just a rumor why even say it? Just so someone can read it and add things to it? This is how rumor's get started.
  • by Nickie Location: Clay City on Nov 13, 2007 at 06:29 AM
    i think he does need to get the death penalty. Randy wsa a great cop, and Mr. Barnett needs to stand up for his own actions. it doesn't matter if he can't remember he was the only one that could have done it. it was his own choices that got him into this situation not anyone elses. if he didn't want to go to jail then he shouldn't have been doing drugs and other thing that would put him in that ordeal. if he would have left well enough alone he would only spend a few days or weeks in jail, now he's looking at life in prison or even death. so maybe if he could turn back time his choices would be different but it doesn't change what has happened.
  • by Kim Location: Frenchburg on Nov 13, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    Just because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol is not an excuse for what he did. Does that mean that everybody under the influence of drugs or alcohol should get away with what they do, whether it's robbing people, killing, or stealing from store. That not an excuse. I'm sorry but people have the right to say no to drugs and alcohol nobody is forcing it down there throut. it is your own decision to do it. And you ought to pay the price for your actions. I have a stepdad that was hit by a drunck driver who was also under the influence of drugs at the time. And I will be at every court hearing she has to make sure that she is not going to get away with what she has done. He will never be able to use his left side of his body. His arm has no elbow, and was shattered. His hip has to be totally replaced, His knee is nuts and bolts his leg alone had 12 breaks. His left foot has been totally reconstucted. I,m sorry but probation is not going to be enough for me. Not her first.
  • by Liz Location: Powell County on Nov 13, 2007 at 05:07 AM
    Jamie Barnett and Ralph Baze both should have already been dead. Anyone who murders a police officer, whether you remember or not, is no excuse. Don't get so high that you put yourself in that position. A good hanging on the courthouse lawn wouldn't be so bad, and a good reminder to others who might think they can do this and get away with it. The police officers in Powell Co. were all good men, murdered by scum. And it is so sad that Powell Co. is ate up with drugs. Maybe if these people would GET A JOB, they wouldn't have the time to go out and murder, steal, and whatever. I have heard rumors that a certain judges wife is on of the biggest druggies in the county, but like I said, it was a rumor, but if so many people know it, and this rumor has been around for quite a while, could be some truth to it. My sympathy goes out to the families of these officers, they have to relive the crimes every time these murderers cry to get their way, and we let them. It's time this stopped.
  • by Wendy Location: Lawrenceburg on Nov 12, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    There's no need for a mental evaluation. It's obvious the man is crazy. He deserves the death penalty. That should be the only option. He didn't give Randy an option to live, so why should he be given life behind bars with benefits.
  • by Crystal Location: Winchester on Nov 12, 2007 at 12:04 PM
    HE DESERVES THE DEATH PENALTY

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