05/22/2010

Murder case in which Pa. cop died 41 years after shooting goes to jury

Officer Walter Barclay lived paralyzed for 41 years before dying in August 2007

By Mensah M. Dean
Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA - The case against accused cop-killer William J. Barnes is about a rush to judgment by a medical examiner who wanted to get death benefits to a grieving family as quickly as possible, the defense attorney told the jury in his closing argument yesterday.

That's "nonsense," countered Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, sitting in a wheelchair for dramatic effect.

Cameron told the jurors that the case was about Barnes paralyzing and killing former Philadelphia police Officer Walter Barclay - no matter how long after he shot him.
The jury of nine women and three men began deliberating Barnes' fate yesterday and will continue Monday.

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