Former cop pleads not guilty

2013-08-29T02:00:00Z 2013-09-12T11:49:23Z Former cop pleads not guiltyBY BECKY MALKOVICH, The Southern The Southern
August 29, 2013 2:00 am  • 

BENTON — The former police officer accused in the death of a Buckner man last month entered pleas Wednesday of not guilty to all charges during a brief court appearance in Franklin County.

William P. McKinney, 60, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery of a senior citizen and official misconduct in the death of Roy D. Barnhart.

McKinney was working as a Buckner police officer when he responded to a call reporting a fight in progress at a local residence on July 7th. He is accused of pushing a handcuffed Barnhart to the ground and striking him in the head.

Barnhart, 62, died in a St. Louis hospital on July 11th.

McKinney was also appointed a new defense attorney Wednesday after David Garavalia, the attorney appointed to the case last week, asked to withdraw from the case, citing a conflict. Garavalia is attorney for the village of Buckner.

Judge Paul Lamar appointed attorney Bryan Drew to act as McKinney’s attorney.

A jury trial date was set for Nov. 5, with a final pretrial conference scheduled for Oct. 31.

McKinney remains in custody at Franklin County Jail.

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