NOT GUILTY: Man accused of murder at Ithaca Walmart ruled ‘competent enough’ to stand trial

He’s competent to stand trial and has pleaded not guilty.

Justin Barkley, who is accused of killing a man in the Ithaca Walmart parking lot in December has been found competent to stand trial, according to the Ithaca Voice.

The 38-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and menacing a police officer after he allegedly shot at officers. He did so after having already run over 52-year-old William Schumacher, a UPS driver from Candor.

The court proceedings were complicated by the fact that during his first court appearance, where he was going to enter a guilty plea — he told the court that he was certain he shot and killed President Donald Trump.

“I shot and killed Donald Trump purposely, intentionally and very proudly,” Barkley said at that arraignment.

It set off a chain reaction of court appearances, which would last two months — as those involved tried to understand if he was fit to stand trial.

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