William Barnes shot Officer Walter Barclay in 1966 during an attempted robbery, leaving the young policeman paralyzed.
A Philadelphia jury has found 74 year old William Barnes not guilty in the murder of police officer Walter Barclay. Barnes shot Officer Barclay in 1966 during an attempted burglary, leaving the young policeman paralyzed. He died 41 years later from a urinary tract infection, after Barnes had already served a lengthy sentence for attempted murder. Prosecutors had tried to paint Barnes as a career criminal whose violent act left Officer Barclay with a lifetime of health problems, leading ultimately to his death in 2007.