Witnesses: man admitted shooting police chief

By Ashlee Clark

MOUNT STERLING — James H. “Jamie” Barnett admitted to shooting Clay City police chief Randy Lacy to officers and hospital employees soon after Lacy was found dead, witnesses testified Friday morning.

Jamie Barnett, left, is accused of killing Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy, right, in June 2007.

Jamie Barnett, left, is accused of killing Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy, right, in June 2007.

A state trooper who took Barnett to Montgomery County jail on June 13, 2007, said Barnett kept asking about Lacy’s condition. When Barnett was told Lacy was dead he said, “I shot Big Randy; I’m going to die,” according to court testimony.

Officers said Barnett, who is on trial in Montgomery County for the killing, was so intoxicated that he had to be taken to a local hospital before he was admitted into jail. While phlebotomists were drawing his blood, Barnett told them Lacy deserved to be shot, but he later contradicted himself, saying he couldn’t believe he shot the police chief.

Lacy had arrested Barnett on suspicion of drunken driving. Lacy, a 22-year law enforcement veteran, had handcuffed Barnett with his hands in front of him. Police said Barnett, who was in the back seat of the cruiser, apparently grabbed a spare handgun of Lacy’s and shot him through the barrier between the front and back seats.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case today.

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