Accused Cop Killer Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

The man accused of shooting a small town police chief is competent to stand trial.

A Powell County judge ruled Wednesday morning that Jamie Barnett can go on trial next week.

Barnett is accused of killing Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy last summer. Barnett was the the backseat of Lacy's cruiser when the chief was shot and killed by his own gun.

Another hearing will have to take place before the trial starts. At issue: whether or not Barnett's IQ is too low for him to face the death penalty.

A psychiatrist testified on Wednesday morning that she believes Barnett was faking a low IQ during testing.


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  • by will Location: pc on Jul 7, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    hey just thinking, before you go making a comment about cheif having a weapon in his car get the whole story. this is powell county, arrest someone once you get to know them, hewas a andy griffith type. i mean no disrespect when i say that, he was a good man that got an undeserved consequence.
  • by Michael Location: Lex on Jul 3, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    Note to just thinking from ky; you are correct on your statement, however that was not the issue in this story. The mistakes of Chief Lacy were covered before by me. He messed up and paid for it with his life. This is about what to do with the other guy.
  • by Carl Location: Clay City on Jul 3, 2008 at 03:00 AM
    I could tell you that he was faking it if some one know that if they get a low IQ they will not be put to death. I don't care what drugs you do if you don't what to paid for it don't do them in the first place.
  • by just thinking Location: ky on Jul 2, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    About COMPETENT and COHERENT... Just wondering here Who was Competent And who was Coherent. To have A gun in the car for a prisoner to get, This just don't make sense. Who Is competent or coherent?
  • by Bo Hall Location: Lexington on Jul 2, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    He should get the same thing that he gave the cop.
  • by John Location: Lexington on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    Amen to Michael's statement!
  • by Heather Location: KY on Jul 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    I am sure he was faking the answers on his IQ testing; he is dumb, but not dumb enough to answer truthfully so that they can fry him!
  • by Michael Location: Lex on Jul 2, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    If you are competent and coherent enough to operate a gun to kill someone, you are competent and coherent enough to stand trial and get the death penalty if appropriate. In this case, yes, it is appropriate.
  • by will Location: pc on Jul 2, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    this piece of dirt deserves what ever he gets. hopefully the death penalty.

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