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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  • by Jeffrey Location: Former Lex Resident on Jun 19, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    One point everyone is missing is that Chief Lacy forgot proper police protocol. I come from a family of law enforcement and some of my best friends are cops. First rule of thumb; you never, NEVER, NEVER, handcuff someone in the front. You always handcuff them with their hands behind their back no matter how well you know them. The other thing; the gun used belonged to the Chief and was wedged in between the seat from what I've read. I agree that insanity or stupidity is no excuse to delete the death penalty from this case, but if all police do what they were taught, we wouldn't even be here discussing this. I'm not taking away the fact that Chief Lacy was a good man and well respected by all; I'm just simply stating what I know to be the proper procedures to follow. I still say fry the guy like everyone else does. Innocent by reason of insanity needs to be done away with. In reality, it's guilty by reason of stupidity. RIP Chief.
  • by lucy Location: kentucky on Jun 18, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    anyone can pretend stupidity. it is very easy to play this game. GET REAL! The man knew what he was doing. My God. Stupidity. I don't think so. But if you fall for this plea I would suggest you have your own IQ test. Something's missing upstairs if you believe he is too stupid for death row.
  • by teresa Location: clay city on Jun 18, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    Randy was a beautiful and wonderful person who had friends and family that love him.keep his memory alive dont let people take away from what he tried to do i knew him he would have never condemned his killer for what he done
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    If his IQ is below 70, so be it. Who's wouldn't be if you stayed high on drugs. This man needs to pay for what he has done. He wasn't to stupid to grab the gun and take a life.
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Jun 18, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    He was competent enough to load the gun and pull the trigger then he's competent to pay for his crimes. Being an idiot is NO excuse!
  • by m on Jun 18, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    did they ever say How he got the gun
  • by Joe Location: Ohio. on Jun 18, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    continued----------So Barnett is absolutely competent to stand trial and the defense attorneys are just spinning their wheels. I don't think any jury will say otherwise. If they see the facts Barnett will be sentenced to death.
  • by Joe Location: Ohio on Jun 18, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    First don't be surprised by what the defense attorneys are trying to do. After all it is their job to provide a the best defense possible! However if anyone thinks this fool is insane then you need your head checked. Barnett was smart enough to drive a car, drunk or high, but drive one he did. He was smart enough to take a gun away from a Police Officer then shoot that gun killing that Police Officer! That does not say insane to me. Anyone who murders some one can be said to be crazy. I mean no rational person would kill just for the joy of it. It would take an even more irrational person to kill a Police Officer. But the question is did this person know his crime was wrong. Most killers absolutely know that killing some one is wrong! They just don't care! Yes it takes an antisocial nut job not to care but they don't care. Yet they know it's wrong and that is the only question that a jury should care about. If they know it's wrong that implies they can control themselves.
  • by Lee Location: Eastern,KY on Jun 18, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    I agree with Jennifer, he know how to use the gun so there for he should receive the punishment he deserves.......
  • by jennifer Location: lakecum on Jun 18, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    Obviously, if he was high on drugs. I am sure he has fried his brain cells. That would make him an idiot. He still shot someone. He is smart enough to know what a gun is and that is shots, right. if the courts would return punishment the sameway they got there, maybe crime would stop.
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