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Attorney: IQ Too Low For Death Penalty

Post  Jennie on Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:44 am

Attorney: IQ Too Low For Death Penalty----Attorney Says Accused Cop Killer Is Mentally Incompetent


The attorney for the man accused in the shooting death of Clay City police chief Randy Lacy argued in court Wednesday his client's low IQ makes him ineligible for the death penalty.

Jamie Barnett is accused of killing Lacy with his own gun after Lacy had arrested him for DUI last June.

In court Wednesday, Barnett's attorney said that a doctor who has examined Barnett says his IQ is less than 70, making him ineligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors countered, saying they also had a doctor examine Barnett and found his IQ to be over 70.

The judge in the case has scheduled a competency hearing for Barnett on July 2, just six days before his trial is set to begin in the case.

(source: Lex18 News)
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