The flub occurred because a court clerk did not scan the back of one of the psychiatric examiners’ forms, on which the examiner had clarified that Barkley was incompetent to assist in his own defense, District Attorney Matthew Van Houten told reporters.
Barkley allegedly fatally shot William Schumacher, 52, a Candor resident, in the Ithaca Walmart parking lot early Thursday before leading officers on a short chase and barricading himself in his home for more than five hours, Ithaca Police said.
The suspect fled for a quarter mile, Barber said, before turning into a driveway, exiting the vehicle with a “long gun” and firing at least one round in the direction of officers, who did not return fire and were uninjured.
At least seven Ithaca Police officers methodically combed through the parking lot behind Talk of the Town Nail Salon and Cornell Laundry and Cleaning Center on the 100 block of South Meadow Street around 7:30 p.m., about 10 minutes after they provided trauma care to the victim and used a tourniquet to slow the bleeding.
The shooting in Binghamton that left the small city reeling in its wake has a connection to the neighboring Cornell community.
Teacher Roberta King, who was killed inside the American Civic Association while substituting for an English as a Second Language class, left behind 17 grandchildren, including Ilisa Naukam ‘09. King was the mother of 10 children, five of whom went to Cornell, according to the Associated Press.
On Jan. 8, shots rang out on the 300 block of First Street, disturbing the usual peace and quiet of an Ithaca evening. Yesterday, the Tompkins County Grand Jury charged Caesar Slaughter, 52, with first-degree assault, according to the Ithaca Journal. Slaughter was also charged two counts of second-degree criminal possession for the alleged shooting, which wounded an Ithaca man.
When residents of First Street saw part of their neighborhood being sectioned off with police tape, their emotions ranged from weariness to genuine shock. In a community that is home to a day care center and several houses, a shooting earlier this month was simply too close for comfort.
According to neighbors, the police surrounded a nondescript house on the 300 block of First Street on the evening of Jan. 8, where the suspect and several other people exited and were later taken into custody.
The shooter was later identified as Caesar Young, 52, of New York City. The victim suffered no fatal injuries.
“I was shocked to find out about it,” said Michael Salmines, a music teacher who lives on the corner of the 100 block of First Street.