After two previous delays, jury selection in the trial for the Dryden man accused of shooting a man to death he believed to be then-President Elect Donald Trump outside the Ithaca Wal-Mart one year ago will begin January 8th.
38-year-old Justin Barkley pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Tompkins County Court in March. Barkley had previously tried to plead guilty to the murder of 52-year-old William Schumacher, but was ordered to undergo a 3rd mental exam, which found him competent to stand trial. His trial was initially scheduled to begin September but was postponed until November, when it was delayed again after Barkley’s attorneys considered filing a psychiatric report, something they never did.
Barkley faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.