Judge Delays Change Of Venue Decision For Jamie Barnett

Jamie Barnett was back in the Powell County Courthouse Wednesday for a change of venue hearing. Barnett is accused of killing Police Chief Randy Lacy last summer.

It's been seven months since Chief Randy Lacy was shot and killed in his police cruiser, and Jamie Barnett's attorney says that's seven months of news coverage in Powell County.

In an effort to make his point clear to the judge, Attorney Marcus Jones put three Powell County residents on the stand to testify that they believe a fair trial will never happen in Powell County.

The Commonwealth argues all three who testified Wednesday know the defendant and don't accurately represent the people of Powell County. After listening to the testimony, the judge says he'll be ready to make a decision soon and wants to get the trial on the fast-track.

The defense also laid out it's plan to use a mental defense after getting results from a psychological exam back. The Commonwealth says it also plans to evaluate Barnett using a doctor of its own.

Barnett is scheduled to be back in court February 6.


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  • by Kay Location: Stanton ky on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    Hey to the citzens of powell county.How many knew Steve and Arthur.And Big Randy.Wasnt their death cruel and unusaul punishment.Did they get to go to the highest courts no.Are get to change the county where they died at no.So why should Baze and Barnett be any different.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jan 28, 2008 at 05:07 AM
    To Daniel in Pitt....Read the entire Bible not just a scripture. It also says An eye for An eye. Do unto others and so on. The Bible is a whole not just one or two scriptures. If he is guilty then he should get the death penalty. Maybe they should hook everything up to him and leave him laying with the release in his hands. See if he will do it himself. I don't think others should have to administer the lethal drugs. They should do it themselves or lay there and starve.That would give them time to think about what they had done and maybe make peace with their maker. thats more humane and considerate than he was to the officer.
  • by Jason Location: Preston on Jan 27, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    Daniel, Your right the Bible does say thou shalt not kill but it also says an eye for an eye. Either way Barnett will get the right punishment. Executed by lethal injection or with fire and brimstone at the gates of hell.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: PAINTSVILLE on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    THIS MAN SHOULDNT GET A FAIR TRAIL ANYWHERE. TOO ME HE SHOT A POLICE OFFICER IN COLD BLOOD, HANG'EM HIGH FROM A TALL TREE WITH A SHORT PIECE OF ROPE. KNOWING OUR LUCK HE'LL PROBLY SAY THAT HE IS "CRAZY" AND GO SCOTT FREE.
  • by ss Location: eastern ky on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM
    get it out of powell co i believe this was a set up and someone used him to get away with murder read all the stories thats been on the news hear it don't all add up so think about it
  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Jan 24, 2008 at 09:34 PM
    I think its best to move the trial. He is going to be found guilty no matter where its held. If its held here in Powell County and he is found guilty he will have an excuse to file an appeal. He will sit on death row for the next 20 years. A murderer needs to be killed so he will be in front of GOD to be judged. I feel the same way about child molesters.
  • by Anonymous Location: Powell on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    When you kill a police officer I'm sure that anyone with any common sense would expect the death penalty. Not only do we depend on these brave men and women to protect us, but thier families need them as well. If you let these murderers keep postponing their punishment for years by saying that they aren't getting a fair trial and that lethal injection is inhumane, then what is stopping others from repeating the crime? We need to send a strong message to anyone else who may follow in they're path, "If you kill a police officer for no good reason you WILL face the death penalty." It shouldn't be allowed to be put off for 16 years. Have respect for the victims families, thier loved-ones, and the tax payers, and give them closure. As far as the trial goes, any jurer is going to see him as the washed up, drug addict murderer that he is. They will feel the same as any of us. He needs to be a man and take the punishment that he has brought on himself. I am tired of paying taxes for him.
  • by Anonymous Location: Powell on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    They say he will not have a fair trial in Powell County but they should put 3 people on the stand that isn't a friend of Jamie. It has been 16 years and we are still keeping up one that killed 2 officers. Lethal injection should not be illegal in Kentucky because that is going to give a lot of people the chance to go out and kill someone because they know they can get by with it also. He should have to pay for the crime he committed, because he took the life of a perfectly good man.I think that if lethal injection is illegal then hanging should be brought back to the court yard. He should have been found guilty when he done it because it is wasting the taxpayers money. But the way the system works we will probably pay for him for 16 years. The bible does say thou shall not kill but he killed a wonderful man, and he should have to pay. He may not get a fair trial in Powell County but a Killer doesn't deserve a fair trial so keep the trial in Powell County so he will get what he deserves
  • by The Executioner Location: Eddyville on Jan 24, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    I just hope one of the prisoners in general population does the job before trial that way our tax dollars won't be wasted on a trial then 40 years of appeals before he gets the needle. Let one of his own do it now and save us some money.
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    Daniel, you are so right!!! Thou shalt not kill under no circumstances...I also pray for the family of the deceased....
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