New Attorney to Represent Former Buckner Cop
BENTON,IL - A former southern Illinois police officer accused in the death of a man he was trying to arrest is being given time to find a new attorney.
WSIL-TV reports that the attorney for 59-year-old William McKinney withdrew Wednesday from representing the man on charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery of a senior citizen and official misconduct.
A judge gave McKinney a week to find new counsel. Authorities say 62-year-old Roy Barnhart died days after his July 7 arrest by McKinney, who at the time was a full-time Buckner police officer. The indictment alleges McKinney pushed a handcuffed Barnhart to the ground, and struck the man in the head. While being led Wednesday into the Franklin County courthouse, McKinney declined to comment. McKinney remains jailed on $500,000 bond.