Judge: Ithaca Walmart murder suspect ruled ‘incompetent’

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A Dryden man accused of killing a UPS driver outside of an Ithaca Walmart in December has been found “incompetent.”

Although the District Attorney’s office believes he will eventually stand trial, Tompkins County Court Judge John Rowley ruled on Thursday that Justin Barkley will go to a secure hospital for treatment for the time being.

The DA believes further evaluation at the hospital will reveal that he is competent and that he will face the charges in the future.

Barkley was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting William Schumacher to death in a Walmart parking lot.

He also allegedly fired at police as they tried to arrest him and then barricaded himself in his home in Dryden.

Police used a robot to negotiate with the suspect, and were able to take him into custody after what they described as a successful negotiation.

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