Jury selection continues in officer shooting trial
Willie Barney charged with shooting Wislyn Joseph
Jury selection continued Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of shooting a Miami-Dade police detective during a gold chain robbery.
Willie Barney shot Det. Wislyn Joseph in the chest outside a church in Liberty City on Sept. 22, 2012, according to prosecutors. He is one of three men charged in the shooting.
During a motion to suppress hearing Monday, Joseph said he was fixing a leak at the church when three men stripped him of his jewelry and shot him.
"I realized that I was bleeding. I lift up the shirt and I noticed blood was just pumping out," he said.
Police arrested Barney the next day during a traffic stop.
Barney's defense attorney argued the traffic stop wasn't legitimate and therefore neither was the evidence collected afterwards.
"They didn't have a year on the car," he said. "They stopped two Grand Prixs, I believe, they said before they stopped this car in question. They were stopping every car that was even close."
The judge ruled against the motion. The evidence includes a firearm and DNA linking Barney to the scene, according to court documents.
Opening statements could begin Wednesday morning.