A New Jersey Olympian charged with taking pictures a former equestrian trainee within the chest has been discovered not responsible by purpose of madness, a jury dominated on Thursday.
Michael Barisone, a former Olympic equestrian and coach, was dealing with an tried homicide cost over the taking pictures of award-winning equestrian Lauren Kanarek, 38, at his sprawling Morris County farm in Aug. 2019.
Barisone, a member of the 2008 Beijing Summer time Video games squad, allegedly blasted Kanarek twice within the chest at level clean vary on the ritzy, 53-acre dressage facility.
The 67-year-old was additionally discovered not responsible on a second tried homicide cost for allegedly firing at Kanarek’s fiancé, Robert Goodwin. The bullet missed Goodwin.
Barisone broke into tears when the decision was delivered after over 17 hours of jury deliberation, NJ.com reported. He had confronted as much as 60 years in jail if convicted on all expenses in opposition to him.
Ed Bilinkas, Barisone’s lawyer, had argued that Kanarek had waged a psychological warfare on his shopper that triggered him to ultimately snap and shoot Kanarek, NJ.com reported.
Earlier than the taking pictures, police had responded to the property a number of instances. Barisone had referred to as 911 on the couple claiming that Kanarek and Goodwin have been dwelling at his dressage facility with out a lease and with out paying hire. Tensions reportedly peaked after Kanarek accused Barisone of kid abuse.
Kanarek had posted on social media on quite a few events that she had feared for her security, alluding to Barisone however by no means naming him.
Throughout the trial, she testified that Barisone often bullied her, and argued that her quite a few posts on Fb weren’t meant to be threatening.
A physician who examined Barisone for the protection mentioned he grew to become paranoid about Kanarek listening to his personal conversations, amplified by her posts. He stopped sleeping in the identical constructing as them the place he had his personal condominium, and started sleeping in his workplace. Within the days earlier than the taking pictures, he started sleeping outdoors after a well being official informed him it was unsafe to sleep within the workplace.
Barisone and Kanarek started working collectively in 2018, however the relationship shortly deteriorated. Witnesses from either side testified that she might be tough to work with, NJ.com reported.
A not responsible by purpose of madness disposition listening to, which shall be closed to the general public, is scheduled earlier than Decide Stephen Taylor on Could 17. He shall be dedicated to a civil psychiatric facility within the meantime, the choose dominated, according to NJ.com.
Barisone, 67, was moreover discovered not responsible of aggravated assault and weapons expenses in opposition to Goodwin, and never responsible by purpose of madness for a weapon cost in opposition to Kanarek after the 15-day trial.
Following a 30-day analysis, docs will decide whether or not he shall be held in psychiatric hospitals or launched into the neighborhood if deemed secure.
“Whereas dissatisfied with the end result, in line with our dedication to the integrity of the legal justice system, the decision should be revered,” Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll mentioned in a press release, obtained by The Put up.
“I acknowledge the case has elicited robust opinions relating to how the general public views the defendant and victims on this matter, and I ask that the general public respect the jury members and their choice.”