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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