Murder, carjacking trial begins Feb. 7
The trial of a Kamloops man arrested after a bizarre murder-turned-carjacking nearly two years ago is slated to begin next month.
Robert Barinecutt is facing a string of charges, including murder, two counts of attempted murder and an additional firearms charge in connection with the Feb. 15, 2009, incident.
The 53-year-old was arrested in the parking lot of a Brocklehurst convenience store after allegedly shooting two men, one of whom died.
Mounties allege Barinecutt was the passenger in a car travelling north on Highway 5 when the 48-year-old driver was shot and killed.
According to witnesses, the passenger then steered the vehicle off the road and into a ditch before getting out and carjacking a passing vehicle that had stopped and forcing the driver to head to Brocklehurst.
That driver then dropped off the passenger at the 7-Eleven store, where he attempted to carjack the vehicle of another couple in the store’s parking lot.
A struggle ensued and a man was shot in the hand. Witnesses then held the suspect until police arrived.
The trial, which will begin on Monday, Feb. 7, in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops, is slated to last three weeks, but it is not expected to take that long.