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Man charged with killing cop 40 years later

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posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 05:52 PM
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Man charged with killing cop 40 years later


abclocal.go.com

William Barnes, 71, was charged two weeks after former Officer Walter T. Barclay died from an infection at the age of 64. The city's deputy medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying it stemmed from the gunshot wound Barclay suffered in 1966.

"When you set in motion a chain of events, a perpetrator of a crime is responsible for every single thing that follows from that chain of events no matter how distant," District Attorney Lynne Abraham said at a news conference Tuesday.
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[edit on 4-9-2007 by UM_Gazz]




posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 05:52 PM
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Is this consittutional? This is happening in Philadelphia, and a lot of conversation is going on there about this. Please leave your comments

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posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 06:10 PM
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I don't know if it is constitutional but it is justice. That guy shot a cop and put him in a wheelchair for life. He suffered and died because of that crime.



posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 06:56 PM
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Well, you can't be tried for the same crime twice. So I guess it's technically possible if he was previously charged with a crime such as assault with a deadly weapon, if that person dies it stands to reason he could then be charged for murder if they could conclusivly prove their case.

IMO, I don't think he should be charged again. Jail is supposed to be for rehabilitating people, and they missed their chance on this one because the man is probobly not even a criminal anymore.



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