This has got to be one of the most wacky defense stories I have heard in a long time, and it’s pretty scary too, to know that this guy might get away with it because you know…he’s NUTS!
A New York crazy man is actually claiming in his legal defense that when he murdered a poor unsuspecting UPS driver, he was actually under the impression that he was brutally killing our President-elect, Donald Trump instead.
He is ADMITTING that his plan was to KILL.
His name is Justin Barkley and he is 38 years-old. He is being charged with second-degree murder for shooting DEAD a UPS driver, William Schumacher, while he was parked in a Walmart parking lot.
I cannot imagine how the family and loved ones of this poor UPS driver feel right now. Right before Christmas they lose someone to such a senseless wicked act, for no good reason at all… other than this fool stating he thought he was killing Trump? This story is just heartbreaking all around.
During Barkley’s arraignment hearing this past Monday, he attempted to enter a guilty plea. He insists that the person he killed was Donald Trump and not a UPS driver named Schumacher.
“I shot and killed Donald Trump purposely, intentionally and very proudly,” Barkley said at the hearing, according to The Ithaca Voice. He indicated he knew the difference between killing a person he thought was Trump and Trump himself, but suggested he still thought Trump was dead. When asked whether he could be convinced otherwise, Barkley replied “I hope not.”
Now the Judge has refused Barkley’s guilty plea and has given orders for the killer to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he is fit to stand trial or not.
If he is found fit and stands trial, if and when he is convicted, he can be facing up to 25 years to life in prison.
Here’s my thing though…his intention was to KILL no matter who he thought this poor victim was, does it matter? Also, you can clearly recognize the UPS uniform, so exactly what was it that made him think the driver was Trump?
I mean, how can we be sure the guy wasn’t just trying to score some free Christmas packages in the UPS truck, and is making up this whole story because of the controversy it introduces…
Whatever. This is just so awful, you just can’t help but feel for the victims family and friends. It is a senseless loss.
Sending prayers out to all those affected by this loss, may they be blessed with the comfort that only divine power can provide during this Holiday season.