Sentencing postponed for teen convicted of shooting officer
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The defense attorney for a South Florida teen convicted of robbing and attempting to kill a Miami-Dade Police officer requested a new trial for his client, causing the presiding judge to delay sentencing originally scheduled for Monday.
Robert Barrar argued that the way jurors were struck from the jury pool during the selection process was not proper. Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat will decide on May 13 whether to grant 19-year-old Willie Barney a new trial.
Barney was convicted last week of shooting Officer Wislyn Joseph at point-blank range outside a Little Haiti church in September. The law enforcer survived the incident when the bullet missed every vital organ and bone in his body.
Barney also faces additional charges, including several for robbery and another one for murder.
If Rodriguez-Chomat grants a new trial, it would begin May 20.
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