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New Charges Mulled in Old Shooting

Posted Aug 22, 2007 10:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Police officer Walter Barclay died this week, more than 40 years after he suffered a gunshot wound while trying to stop a beauty shop burglary. Now prosecutors are weighing whether to file homicide charges against the man who pleaded guilty to the shooting.

The Bucks county coroner ruled the death a homicide, saying it was caused by complications from the shooting, the Intelligencer reports. The shooting left Barclay a paraplegic and contributed to a urinary tract infection that caused his death, the coroner concluded.

William J. Barnes pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and served time for the shooting. He is now 71 years old, the Associated Press reports.

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