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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  • by James Location: Clay City on Jul 14, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    Listen people, do you really want the death of another person in return for Cheif Lacy's death? That just seems to me kind of childish. I mean that doesnt salve anything. Do you know that people can change? Do you think that life in prison can covert someone to GOOD? I do! And im from Powell County, and i know that you can get drugs in jail just as if you was on the outside. So that just goes to show you that drugs in this county are very bad. Why doesnt the state get invalved and do somthing about it. I know that the churchs have done prayer walks and they stand in front of drug dealers houses and pray. So let him sit and think of his crime that he has commited and put him in prison for the rest of his life. Some of you people are just as cold blooded killers as Jamie. Listen to yourselves!You say kill him, kill him. I think you all need prayer for yourselves!!!
  • by grumpy on Jul 13, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    ok lacy messed up he got complacent with barnett he knew him had him before lacy let his guard down he was a good old contry boy cop nothing wrong with that but it gave barnett a opertunity he shoud not have had but barnett had no right to kill lacy he needs to be punished for killing randy so stop secound guessing randy and the reasons he dint follow good police procedures by trying to be nice to barnett and put barnett where he needs to be
  • by Kyle Anderson Location: Chaves on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:54 PM
    Jamie Barnett killed the very man that dressed up like Santa Claus and delivered presents to local kids (including Barnett's). Barnett committed a cold blooded murder and electrocution in the chair is the only thing he deserves.
  • by bill Location: powell co on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:08 PM
    if you go back and listin to the first reports when it hapined its all different than what thay are saying now i beleave lacy was a good cop but he knew to much and barnett was set up by the by someone else in law enforcement drugs in powell co are bad and the county cops take more than is ever reported along with the state police thay a good way out with murder the real killer will pay someday its sad lacy had to be killed for knowing to much
  • by Anonymous Location: Knox Co., KY on Jul 12, 2008 at 09:39 PM
    Is pointing out that the prisoner was cuffed in the front really going to change anything?! Point is, a well-respected law enforcement officer is dead, and a REPEAT offender now has another charge. My prayers go out to Big Randy's family and officers. As a former KSP, anyone that has put on a uniform is family, and the death of a brother truly hurts. RIP Randy...God Bless!
  • by jeff Location: ky on Jul 12, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    WKYT I TOLF YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK OF HEARING ABOUT THIS STORY. IT DONT EVEN MAKE YOUR TOP 10 LIST. HASNT FOR A WHILE NOW, WERE I ON THE JURY, KNOWING WHAT I KNOW ABOUT THE DRUGS IN POWELL COUNTY, WHO IS TAKING THEM AND HOW THE LAW TURNS ITS HEAD AND SOME (OFFICERS, AS WELL AS JUDGES, ATTORNEYS)EVEN PARTAKE IN THE USE OF SUCH DRUGS, I WOULD IN NO WAY GIVE MR BARNETT THE DEATH PENALTY. LIFE IN PRISON WOULD BE SUFFICIENT. hope when the trial is over that wkyt will find something else to air and stay away from airing the same story for ONE FULL YEAR OR LONGER,, "ITS NO LONGER NEWS" ITS LIKE GEORGE WASHINGTON AN ABRAHAM LINCOLN ITS " HISTORY" GET OVER IT FOLKS
  • by me Location: clay city on Jul 12, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    I loved him in a sense I ve known him all my 27 years everyday I get on here and read peoples comments and it pains me what some people, and most people are not from any where around here. Then I see some non Powell countains really see what kind of heart that Randy had . He was a hero for good and bad people. Its not about the faults of drugs dont let be an excuse. The city of clay city or Kentucky is not at fault for not enough offciers on duty. We really are a tight knit type of community. Its not about protocal not being followed that day. Its simply about a pyscho needs to pay his dues and lets face his family has already testified that he was off in the head not that his IQ was below average. The way I see it if he can count the money to buy his cocaine or his pills and know what they are he isn't that stupid is he. But, that just my thoughts of Mr Barnett. God Blessed this town w/Randy and he will never be forgotten, nor his name be run through the mudd.
  • by frank Location: sadieville on Jul 11, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    From what I heard, the guy was cuffed in the front and the gun was in the floorboard (in the front of the car) but slid underneath the seat when Lacy accelerated and Barnett was able to get the gun and you know the rest of the story. But the point is, Barnett knew what he was doing.
  • by ANONYMOUS on Jul 11, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    It is not the point of where the gun was, and how he handcuffed him, or what his IQ was. Who cares about all that. He killed a innocent man who was only trying to do his job. It don't matter how old he was. That is not the point. If you kill someone you should be killed in return.
  • by Lisa Location: beattyville on Jul 11, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    the chief's sidearm was still in his holster, it was a backup that became available for jamie to use. Jamie had been arrested something like 31 times, he had not been a danger. The sheriff testified today it was common to cuff people they knew in the front which is more comfortable for the prisoner. I can see how this would be criticized but also why it would be done when someone had a heart as huge as randy lacy. He was a friend to all and a very well trained and efficent police chief.
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