Man Accused Of Killing Clay City Police Chief Indicted

A Powell County grand jury wastes no time and indicts the man accused of killing the Clay City police chief. It wasn't expected to happen until next week.

Thursday, grand jurors indicted the chief's accused killer on three different charges.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old James Barnett killed Clay City police chief Randy Lacy last Wednesday morning.

The chief had pulled Burnett over for drunk driving. He arrested Barnett and put him in the back seat of his cruiser.

Despite being handcuffed, prosecutors say somehow Barnett was able to get a hold of chief Lacy's spare gun and then shot him from the back seat of the cruiser.

A passerby called 911 after coming across the scene.

Police arrested Barnett, still cuffed, nearby.

Thursday afternoon, Barnett was indicted for capital murder, escape and theft for stealing chief Lacy's gun.

The next time Barnett is scheduled to be in court is July third when he will be arraigned.


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  • by Ashley Location: Clay City on Aug 3, 2007 at 04:50 PM
    I think that what Barnett done was a horable thing. Even though it's been over a month he will still and always remain in our hearts. He will always be my hero, he was a great cop, friend and person. We love You "Cheif Randy Lacy"
  • by Rose Marie Location: St Petersburg Fl on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    If this Barnett really has any remorse about killing Randy, he should reveal any and all of his sources where he has been getting his drugs be that illegal or legal. This would be a very major showing that he is truly sorry and really show that he does have some kind of goodness in his heart to spare his own kids and others of the terrible life style he chose to live. This would be a step in right direction to really show that he truly has any remorse.
  • by J Location: PIKE on Jun 22, 2007 at 01:07 PM
    If found guilty, he deserves the death penalty!!!!
  • by judi Location: clay city ky on Jun 22, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    i knew Mr. Lacy & also the man that killed him. It is a sad,sad tragady for both families. And a sad waste of two lives.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:57 PM
    Why is it that nobody has mentioned the man who was with James Barnett when he was arrested?
  • by unknown Location: winchester on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    i had known both jamie barnett and randy lacy! they both are good men! i know that jamie had to be mentally ill at the time of the shooting! but he wouldnt hurt nobody intentionally! i know alot of people could say otherwise! but unless you actually know somebody dont judge them! i know down in my heart that jamie is remorseful and sorry for what has happened and nothing can bring randy back! my thoughts and prayers are with jamie! and my thoughts and prayers are also with his family! may they find peace with God and forgive jamie for what has happened!

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