2010-05-20 / Local & State

Murder Trial Begins In 1966 Police Shooting

PHILA. (AP) – The murder trial for 74-year-old William Barnes got under way with opening statements Monday morning. Barnes is charged in the death of Philadelphia police Officer Walter Barclay.

Barnes shot and paralyzed Barclay during a burglary on November 27, 1966, and served nearly 20 years for attempted murder.

After Barclay died in 2007 a medical examiner ruled that he succumbed to an infection caused by the 41-year-old gunshot wounds. That prompted prosecutors to charge Barnes with murder.

Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn told jurors that Barclay began a “slow, painful, miserable march to death’’ when Barnes shot him.

Defense attorney Sam Silver says Barclay was in car accidents and other injuries that contributed to his death.

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