Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Slaying of Clinton Officer

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CLINTON, Mo. — The prosecuting attorney in Henry County, Missouri filed notice Wednesday of his intent to seek the death penalty in the murder of a Clinton, Missouri police officer last year. 

Ian McCarthy is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Officer Gary Michael, who was killed during a traffic stop August 6 near Highway 13 and Green Street in Clinton.

Michael had been with the Clinton P.D. for less than a year when he was shot.  Investigators say McCarthy fled the scene of the shooting, but crashed his vehicle about two blocks away, and ran off on foot.  He was arrested two days after the shooting.

In his notice to seek the death penalty, Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields calls the killing a “callous disregard for the sanctity of all human life,” and was “random and without regard to the victim’s identity.”   Download to read the notice here

Shields also noted as grounds for the death penalty, that McCarthy had a previous conviction for a serious assault conviction.  In July, 1997, McCarthy pled guilty to robbery after threatening a woman with a knife in New Hampshire.  He was also convicted by a jury in New Hampshire of another assault in May, 2002.

McCarthy has requested a change of venue and a change of judge.  His next court hearing date is set for March 26.

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