Judge to decide on bail in 1966 police death

April 9, 2009 5:38:45 AM PDT
An aging defendant awaits a judge's ruling on whether he can get out on bail while awaiting trial in the 1966 shooting of a Philadelphia police officer. Judge Shelley Robins New has indicated she will rule Thursday on bail for 72-year-old William Barnes.

In the complex case, Barnes previously served 20 years for wounding and paralyzing officer Walter Barclay while attempting to escape arrest in 1966.

Then Barclay died in August 2007, at age 64, of complications prosecutors say resulted from the 1966 shooting. Now Barnes is charged with murder.

His attorney argues that Barnes has had two heart attacks, is on a heart monitor and is not a flight risk. Prosecutors call the health concerns exaggerated and say anyone charged with first-degree murder is not entitled to bail.

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