Sunday, October 01, 2000

Man convicted in Covington shooting

The Associated Press

        COVINGTON — A Kenton County jury deliberated four hours before convicting a Cincinnati man of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.

        Shawn Barnett, 26, was found guilty Friday of the attempted murder of Adrian Robinson. The jury recommended that Mr. Barnett serve 10 years in prison.

        Immediately after the verdict, Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe revoked Mr. Barnett's bond and ordered him held in the county jail. She will sentence him Nov. 6.

        The jury rejected Mr. Barnett's contention that he was acting in self-defense when he shot Mr. Robinson at the Covington home of Sonya Scott on the night of Dec. 30, 1999.

        During the trial, which began Wednesday, Ms. Scott testified that Mr. Barnett came into her home and brandished a handgun. Mr. Barnett was angry that Mr. Robinson had been “looking at him crazy” during recent family gatherings, she said.

        Ms. Scott testified that she went upstairs to warn Mr. Robinson, but Mr. Barnett followed. He shot Mr. Robinson once in the face, causing him to eventually lose an eye.

        Ms. Scott said Mr. Barnett stood over Mr. Robinson's fallen body and tried to fire several more times, but the gun jammed.


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