Change of Venue Granted In Police Chief Murder Case

A Powell Circuit Court Judge has granted a change of venue Wednesday in the murder trial against Jamie Barnett.

Barnett is accused of killing Powell County Police Chief Randy Lacy last June. Barnett's attorney requested a change of venue last month saying the case has received months of news coverage and a fair trial there would be impossible.

His attorney argued there's no way around the fact that most everyone in Powell County knows not only the slain police chief, but the man accused of killing him.

Barnett's attorney's say a statute states the move must be a county adjoining the county where the crime took place.


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  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Feb 7, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Concerned, he was the only one in the backseat of the car ,and a dead officer in the front seat. Do you honestly think that the gun fairy appeared and shot the officer? HE IS GUILTY no matter where the trial is held.
  • by concerned Location: ky on Feb 7, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    Maybe it doesn't stop at the powell county line but at least out side of the county will guarantee that they will listen instead of coming into the court room with an already made up mind of his conviction. Would you want him to win an appeal because of the situation in which he could be found guilty? Yes, most people have heard but most people outside of powell are not going to be worrying about what their neighbors will think either they will just do the job that is required of them. So lets not see a bunch of supporters for the law jump on here an start downing the JUDICIAL system. Let the man have his fair day in court. Keep your mouths shut and opinions to yourself and let the law run its course. I am sure that is what Mr. Lacy would have wanted, nothing more or nothing less. I meet Mr. Lacy once and he didn't seem that nice to me but that doesn't mean he deserved to die the way he did. I am sure he did a lot of good in his community as well. But that still doesn't chg my opinion.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Feb 6, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    Just take the trial to the Danial Boone National Forest. That way, when he's found guilty, there are plenty of tree branches in which to throw a rope over.
  • by Doug Location: Berea on Feb 6, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    I don't care where they take it, people still knowes what he done.
  • by Theresa Location: Clay City on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    I guess the news coverage of this case stops at the Powell County line.

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