Jury selection continues in officer shooting trial

Published On: Apr 23 2013 11:07:00 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 05:06:00 PM EDT

Jury selection continues in the trial of a man accused of shooting a Miami-Dade police officer shot during a gold chain robbery.


Jury selection continued Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of shooting a Miami-Dade police detective during a gold chain robbery.

Willie Barney shot Det. Wislyn Joseph in the chest outside a church in Liberty City on Sept. 22, 2012, according to prosecutors. He is one of three men charged in the shooting.

During a motion to suppress hearing Monday, Joseph said he was fixing a leak at the church when three men stripped him of his jewelry and shot him.

"I realized that I was bleeding. I lift up the shirt and I noticed blood was just pumping out," he said.

Police arrested Barney the next day during a traffic stop.

Barney's defense attorney argued the traffic stop wasn't legitimate and therefore neither was the evidence collected afterwards.

"They didn't have a year on the car," he said. "They stopped two Grand Prixs, I believe, they said before they stopped this car in question. They were stopping every car that was even close."

The judge ruled against the motion. The evidence includes a firearm and DNA linking Barney to the scene, according to court documents.

Opening statements could begin Wednesday morning.


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