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Day Two Of Testimony In Trial For Accused Cop Killer

Testimony is underway in the trail for a man, accused of shooting a small town police chief.

Jamie Barnett stands charged with the murder of Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy. Lacy was shot and killed by his own gun. Investigators say Barnett was in the back seat of the cruiser.

Jury selection lasted all day on Tuesday and Wednesday and even took a little of the morning on Thursday. Many potential jurors were dismissed because the case was so heavily covered. The trial was even moved to Montgomery County from Powell County because attorneys were concerned they couldn't get a fair trial there.

On Friday, more witnesses for the prosecution took the stand. Officer James Watson of the Stanton Police Department testified. He was one of the first people on the scene.

He testified that when he arrived on the scene, it was already too late to save Chief Lacy's life. The jury was shown gruesome pictures of Lacy's body after the shooting.

As of noon on Friday, the prosecution had called more than half of its 40 witnesses.

On Thursday, the prosecution called some of the first people on the scene after Lacy was shot including a deputy sheriff and a witness.

Penny Nearia testified she saw Lacy's patrol car spin out of control and saw a man, she identified as Jamie Barnett, crawl out

Chief Lacy's wife, Ruth, also took the stand.

If convicted, Barnett could face the death penalty. He scored lower than 70 on an IQ test, but an expert testified last week that he likely tried to score lower on purpose.

Under federal law, a person cannot be executed unless their IQ exceeds 70.

The trial is expected to last about a week.


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