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Federal Charges Filed on Deputy Terry Lindsey with FBI

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 6:44pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 10:54am

TYLER - Wednesday federal charges were filed against Smith County Deputy Terry Lindsey by Joshua Barnes and his attorney.

Smith County Sheriff's officials told KETK they would not comment on the allegations but that the Texas Rangers were investigating the case.

The FBI confirmed with KETK they will be looking into the possible criminal rights violation charges on Deputy Lindsey.

Other allegations in Barnes statement includes underage drinking at the Lindsey household during the party Saturday night.

If Lindsey is convicted of these federal charges, penalties could range from up to a quarter of a million dollar fine and up to ten years in federal prison.

Jessica Wilson KETKnbc.com

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"Whether or not you think he was using the knife in 'self defense' or if he was indeed 'in fear of his life' is irrelevant. "

No it isn't. It makes a HUGE difference.

Like, oh, hitting a guy vurses, hitting a guy after he has been subdued and handcuffed while "the little woman stands" over him with a gun.

I am a veteran and a former police officer and now I am a Pastor. I know and understand the pain of all involved in this situation. My prayers go out to Terry Lindsey and his family and to Brandon Lee and his family and friends. They are the ones who witnessed their friend being murdered and have to live with the loss of never seeing their friend again this side of heaven. Terry doesn’t deserve to be in jail and I ask only that everyone stop.... and just pray that God's will be done in all that is taking place. There are families and children and people of our community who are truly hurt by all of this. And we need Gods peace right now and if we would call on Him and stop this anger that fuels this rage then perhaps we can see God work in this situation. Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46
1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

I am in the Army and my sister, as well as many of my friends, knew Brandon very well. You speak of Josh in such high respect and that shows that you are indeed a good friend. However, I would like to point out several fallacies in your comment. You claim that as a peace officer, Deputy Lyndsey should have been able to keep the peace better in his home. Surely, you have been to a party similar to this one and know how hectic the atmosphere can be. How often have you sat in the corner and just waited for something to happen so you could step in and "keep the peace"? By what has been released thus far, Terry did indeed keep the peace, he stepped in as soon as he could and took down the perp. What happened after that will hopefully be released to those concerned soon.
Also, I would like to bring to your attention that in Texas, one may use deadly force on their property if they feel their life or their family’s life is in danger. A soldier, returning from Iraq had a knife and had already MURDERED one individual. Now, whether it is true or not, most of the public tends to make the assumption that as Soldiers, we are trained to use deadly weapons. If I were a civilian in such a situation and had a firearm, I would not waste time in trying to disarm and subdue the perpetrator, I would take the most direct route, shoot them. Josh Barnes and his silver tongued lawyer should stop trying to spin this case and focus on the real crime, murder. So he got 'roughed up', he got less than he deserved in my opinion. The Barnes' family and friends can still visit their son; they can still talk to him, albeit through prison bars. The closest thing the friends and family of Brandon will ever have, is visiting his grave.
Joshua Barnes was a US Soldier, sworn to protect the Constitution and the people of the United States. From what has been revealed thus far, he violated the very principles he swore to uphold and deserves a harsh and swift punishment. Whether or not you think he was using the knife in 'self defense' or if he was indeed 'in fear of his life' is irrelevant. Self defense is defined as the necessary , without exceeding, force in order to prevent harm to oneself, family, or property. I have been in the Army for two years and have received numerous chances to train in unarmed combat, opportunities which I am positive that Barnes had as well. My point? That unless Brandon had a weapon, which has not been stated by any party as of yet, the use of a knife was not justified.
Please understand that I am not trying to attack you or belittle your concern about your friend, Josh Barnes. I am simply voicing my opinion; that Barnes used excessive force that resulted in a serious and grievous crime and that Deputy Lyndsey did the best he could in reacting to the death of his good friend.

i have been best friends with josh for more than 10 years, we pretty much grew up together. he is a good person that would never do something like this unless he was in fear for his life. he is a decorated veteran that went and fought for our freedom, and for that you should all be greatfull. we are talking about a kid who was judt looking for his rightfull place in the world. he loves helping people, no matter what the cost. he has never done drugs in his life, maybe a little weed from time to time but thats better than alcohol and thats legal. he wasnt a heavy drinker, honestly he was a light weight. a couple of beers and it was nap time, never once did i see him get angry while drinking. as for the deputy, he should have done a better job of keeping the peace at his home. i mean seriously, isnt he a "peace" officer? if he cant control what goes on in his own home, how can you expect him to be able to keep out area safe from real criminals? you might try to call josh a criminal, but i know in my heart he was only trying to protect himself. so before you go talking bad about him, let the investigators do their job and prove him innocent.

I am in the Army and my sister, as well as many of my friends, knew Brandon very well. You speak of Josh in such high respect and that shows that you are indeed a good friend. However, I would like to point out several fallacies in your comment. You claim that as a peace officer, Deputy Lyndsey should have been able to keep the peace better in his home. Surely, you have been to a party similar to this one and know how hectic the atmosphere can be. How often have you sat in the corner and just waited for something to happen so you could step in and "keep the peace"? By what has been released thus far, Terry did indeed keep the peace, he stepped in as soon as he could and took down the perp. What happened after that will hopefully be released to those concerned soon.
Also, I would like to bring to your attention that in Texas, one may use deadly force on their property if they feel their life or their family’s life is in danger. A soldier, returning from Iraq had a knife and had already MURDERED one individual. Now, whether it is true or not, most of the public tends to make the assumption that as Soldiers, we are trained to use deadly weapons. If I were a civilian in such a situation and had a firearm, I would not waste time in trying to disarm and subdue the perpetrator, I would take the most direct route, shoot them. Josh Barnes and his silver tongued lawyer should stop trying to spin this case and focus on the real crime, murder. So he got 'roughed up', he got less than he deserved in my opinion. The Barnes' family and friends can still visit their son; they can still talk to him, albeit through prison bars. The closest thing the friends and family of Brandon will ever have, is visiting his grave.
Joshua Barnes was a US Soldier, sworn to protect the Constitution and the people of the United States. From what has been revealed thus far, he violated the very principles he swore to uphold and deserves a harsh and swift punishment. Whether or not you think he was using the knife in 'self defense' or if he was indeed 'in fear of his life' is irrelevant. Self defense is defined as the necessary , without exceeding, force in order to prevent harm to oneself, family, or property. I have been in the Army for two years and have received numerous chances to train in unarmed combat, opportunities which I am positive that Barnes had as well. My point? That unless Brandon had a weapon, which has not been stated by any party as of yet, the use of a knife was not justified.
Please understand that I am not trying to attack you or belittle your concern about your friend, Josh Barnes. I am simply voicing my opinion; that Barnes used excessive force that resulted in a serious and grievous crime and that Deputy Lyndsey did the best he could in reacting to the death of his good friend.

That's the most logical thing I've seen on this board yet. You need to be promoted. The truth will all come out. When his trial is done and they cart him off to prison all his friends will drop off. They will forget all about him. Eventually his family will pass away and he will be left with nothing. Dieing and rotting away in prison. That's when he will finally understand the pain and despair he put on all of us by murdering Brandon. I have no sympathy for him at all. His civil rights were never violated. He was never hit in cuffs. He's still alive. But Brandon is not. Now who's civil rights were violated?

im pretty sure ur gonna feel really dumb dave when they hang him for this. if ur such good friends then y wasnt he hanging out with you that night instead of murdering brandon?

Randy Burt, I agree with what you have said. I have a lot of good memories of Brandon. He was always fun to be around. He was a good man and will be sorely missed. I have supreme confidence that Terry will be vindicated, as he should be.

I am amazed that a professional organization such as a media outlet could act so irresponsibly for the sake of sensationalism and attracting viewers. Not one word mentioned about the rights of the young man that is now DEAD or his family and friends. I have to think that the suspect who has been trained in the armed forces to kill would be difficult to restrain and/or detain especially after committing murder. I am appalled that the video feature was even broadcast on behalf of this vicious animal and promise that I will never watch KETK news cast EVER again. I also will make it my mission to discourage everyone in the professional community in which I work to refrain from supporting in anyway this local station. My focus and prayers will be with Brandon's family and this is the worst case of bias and irresponsible journalism I have ever wittnessed

according to all reports that i have seen, barns and lee were both fighting.if at any time during that fight , barns tried to get away and could not and was in fear of losing his life then he was justified in using deadly force against lee. the thing is, nobody knows what realy happened until a full investigation is conducted. als no law enforcement has the right to handcuff any citizen and beat them no matter what the case may be. a badge does not give any law enforcement officer the authority to do what ever they want to do to anyone.

To everyone who thinks that Barnes was hit while in cuffs:
I would like to know how and from who you got the information that Barnes was hit while he had handcuffs on? How is it that all of you have information that no one in authority has? or is this information just something that Barnes and his daddy made up to get the focus off of murder?

Hey TW
Thats wishfull thinking dont you think? If those existed dont you think they would of already surfaced. THEY DONT EXIST idiot. BUT KEEP TRYING

hey kenny....how about before you open your mouth you know what happened. the news has no idea what happened and is just saying what barnes says!!! they were not fighting at all when he stabbed and killed brandon lee, it was not self defense

To everyone out there who doesn't have ur head up your rear end, to all of terrys friends and family I hope u see this. Everyone of us know what happened and we know what didn't happen. We all know terrys true character and we know he is a great man who was able to keep from going over the edge when placed in a extrordinary situation. I think we all need to quit posting anymore responses to these re tards. (ha) we are only adding fuel to the fire. If you post anything let's make it about the great memories and amazing times we had with Brandon. No matter how mad these idiots comments make y'all just post something positive about the times shared with Brandon. Let's make sure these people don't steal the real crime that happened. We all know Terry never pistol whipped him when he was handcuffed or did anything to him that was not in direct response to the threat he was posing to the safety or everyone who was around. Terry is a strong guy and he will walk away from this completly vindicated. The police investigators involved know all the facts and evidence and will close out his investigation when tgey are through. No matter how mad someones post make you don't give in. Don't make anymore mention of what they say in any way. Just post something about Brandon. He wouldn't want us bickering with people who are obviosly dense. Let's make sure no one can forget we lost our Brandon. We will love you forever and miss u so much batman. Sorry i never got to finish your tattoo! I only wish I was lucky enough to know you as long as everyone else did:)

Derek you were not even there..you don't know if he was pistol whipped or not...so you need to keep your mouth shut...

MY prayers are with Brandons family and the Lindsey family. God knows what happened Terry, God knows Brandon was your best friend, and God knows that if you wouldn't have done what you did, there would be more people hurt or possibly dead. I hate what the news and idiotic people are saying about you. CANT YOU LET US MOURN? THIS WAS LINDSEYS BEST FREIND THAT WAS MURDERED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM COLD BLOODED! LINDEY HAS A FAMILY OF HIS OWN AND YOU ARE ALL SAYING THIS ABOUT A LIILE CHILDS DADDY WHO WAS PROTECTING THEM AT THEIR OWN HOUSE? SHOULD OUR CHILDREN GROW UP TO KILL LIKE BARNES? BE MURDERES? BE INSANE? you have got to be kidding me. Thank you Lindsey for protecting my family and best friends that were there....it was tough to lose one, but to lose many would be even worse.......GOD is with you and your family. And to Brandons family, who the news cant even seem to mention, I know you guys are in pain, we all stand by you and you are in our prayers! we love you, and we love you lindsey family........forvive those who not know what they say.

NEWS BULLETIN...NEWS BULLETIN

CHARGES can only be FILED with the court and by a law enforcement officer.  What the NEWS is TRYING to say is that Barnes and his ATTORNEY, filed a complaint with the FBI to look into the POSSIBLE issue.  No different than you calling the police to look into a car that is just driving around your neighborhood.  If you do that, does it mean you're filing charges with the court on the CAR or the PERSON for just driving around?  It's amazing how the WORDING of a NEWS TITLE can change the entire meaning of what is being said.  Thank you KETK for such a PROFESSIONAL JOB.  It's amazing how the news media personnel can misinform the public and mislead them. Thank you for a fine job.

All:

I am Thad (T.W.) Davidson. I am Joshua Barnes's attorney. My number is (903)535-9600. Sonny Monteagudo, my private investigator, may be contacted at (903) 808-5519. Katy Baker, my legal assistant may be contacted at (903) 574-5216.

PLEASE--If anyone writing these comments was an eyewitness to the events in question, please contact us as soon as possible. We would like to talk with you
in a no-pressure, speak-your-mind-freely environment.

PLEASE--if anyone writing these comments has cell phone videos or recordings (of any kind) of the events in question, please contact as soon as possible.

Thank you.

T.W. Davidson

Looking at Joshua Barnes facial injuries I'd say he had a very good reason for taking another man's life.

Gun nuts love to talk about self-defense, but when it is done without a gunpowder weapon it is whine time about "innocent life". I like my gun, but if a knife will save you, use it.

And that "law" man is a joke. Can't stop a fight but awfully brave when someone is handcuffed. Such a hero - let's have a parade for him!

Dear,dear simple-minded Kenny. You know not what ignorance spews forth from your tiny little head. It is obvious to all that you were indeed not present. I'm sure Barnes is or was a friend of yours; why else would you so vehemently defend his actions which you know nothing of? Why don't you stop and think slowly for just a minute... What is the first thing a criminal facing charges will try to do? Let me spell it out for you...discredit his witnesses. I have complete faith that the truth will prevail in this situation. Officer Lindsey is twice a hero. The first time was when he saved every other person's life at the house that night, and the second is now when he endures ignorance like yours.
Run- don't walk, to your nearest bible and look up Proverbs 6:16-19. You meet all the requirements.

ur all idiots! there was no fight between the victim and barnes, it was not an arguement either! josh barnes just walked over said im not taking s*** from anyone and started stabbing brandon. so with that info, how do you all feel about poor josh now? and if your a disgraced ex-sherriff named thomas burns you shouldnt chime in anyways!

according to all reports that i have seen, barns and lee were both fighting.if at any time during that fight , barns tried to get away and could not and was in fear of losing his life then he was justified in using deadly force against lee. the thing is, nobody knows what realy happened until a full investigation is conducted. als no law enforcement has the right to handcuff any citizen and beat them no matter what the case may be. a badge does not give any law enforcement officer the authority to do what ever they want to do to anyone.

To KETK
Ok now that the cat is out of the bag it is your duty to find out from the army why that barnes was on leave. I know that you want to report the truth right. But just in case you wont do it we the people for terry have done it for you. Barnes was a mental case and the Army turned him loose on the public and what did he do he MURDERED Brandon. He snapped and was about to go on a killing spree, just what the Army thought he would. Did the Army take all of Barnes weapons away from him? WHY? Did he have an Army evaluation? Yes he did

You're an absolute idiot. I was in the same unit as Barnes, he was on holiday leave for Christmas moron. He was no mental case, yea the guy was a bit strange, but get your facts right before you go running off at the mouth.

Hey Lynn
Lets just say that your child or your children were at the lindsey home that night, thanks to what lindsey did you will get to see your child or children again and it will not be at a funeral.

Lindsey was PrOTECTING his wife, child, and friends!!how can ANYONE say that they would not do the same!!!??? The handcuffs were used to detain the MURDERER!!!!! No one can comment and say that hitting Barnes was "un-just" because no one knows what the sorry excuse for a human was saying to Lindsey at the time. Handcuffs dontalways detain a suspect if u weren't there then you don't know whether or not Barnes was trying to get away or not. I fully support Lindsey. He is a hero I can only hope that if it were me who was brutally STABBED to deathy friends would do the same! If you wre in Lindseys shoes what would u have done? Oh and btw... Since Barnes was on Lindseys property and. Lindsey felt his and hid familys life was in danger he actually had the right to KILL Barnes!! Barnes got off easy, yeH he has physical scars for life....at least he has a life which is more than we can say for Lee. I hope this messes Barnes up for life...he deserves nothing...especially not the satisfaction of putting lindsey. In jail

Hey 2009, just a couple problems in your reasoning. The United States Constitution, ya know the thing that protects citizens' rights, has it very plainly written about the rights guaranteed to a person. Those rights and what are the foundation of ANY government. So, Officer Lindsey is accused of not only violating an Innocent until proven Guilty(a concept not looked at so far in the comments) citizen but also accused of violating the U.S. Constitution, Texas Constitution, Smith County Sheriff's Office Policy, AND Texas Penal and Code of Criminal Procedures. See what it very CLEARLY states is that No peace officer (Lindsey) may take upon himself the duties not prescribed by him (law into his own hands) under his said office and that a Peace Officers is to at all times maintain unprejudice judgements and control of actions. That basically states you are responsible as an Officer First, a morning friend second. Once Lindsey used his Powers of his Office, he was no longer a friend at a horrible scene but a PEACE OFFICER discharging his duties. Being a Peace Officer myself I know that hardship but will be ashamed at Lindsey for his irgnorant assaults IF he is proven guilty.

I am somewhat disturbed and a whole lot peturbed that the media is allowing Mr. Barnes to be portrayed as the victim. Mr. Lee's family had to bury their son today; what about thier rights. Didn't Mr. Lee have to right to live a full life? Didn't his family have the right to watch their son grow and become a husband and father? In my opinion, once Mr. Barnes murdered, note that I did not say allegedly, Mr. Lee he lost his rights. I'm sick and tired of criminals having more rights than the victims. And now Mr. Barnes is attempting to ruin another family by crying about how he was mistreated after he committed this Heinous crime. The coverage of this tragedy by the media is representative of what is wrong with our country today. They have forgotten the true victims!

i'm sorry but when you take another mans life for no reason at all i don't give a crap about your civil rights..and i have no idea why yall would want to beleive anything that barnes has to say, do yall not notice that anything he says that the media is running with it and putting it on the news...HE IS MENTALLY ILL!!!!! this makes no sense that people are mad at deputy lindsey, this took place at his home where his family and friends were, he would have been justified to kill barnes in protecting his home.

exactly right!!! when you kill someone,you just gave up any and all rights you had!!! cop should have shot him,then there would be no answers to hunt for!!!

I AM NOT JUSTIFYING WHAT MR BARNES DID IS RIGHT OR WRONG BUT THE OFFICER HAD A PARTY AT HIS HOME HE SHOULD BE TRAINED TO STOP SITUATIONS LIKE THIS I WOULD HATE TO KNOW THAT MY CHILD OR CHILDREN REGARDLESS MENTAL HEALTH OR NOT COULD NOT BE PROTECTED AT AN OFFICERS HOME OFF DUTY OR NOT HE SHOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER CONTROL OF THE SITUATION IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THIS FAR

I completely agree.

You're not justifying what Mr. Barnes did is right or wrong? How is it not wrong to kill someone? You are obviously not very bright. Secondly, how do you control someone's actions? There is no way to control some situations. Also, were you there? do you know exactly how it when down? If not, then how do you know that Officer Lindsey should have acted any differently? How do you know that Barnes didn't just snap and stab someone for no good reason? I really think you ought to shut your mouth there Lynn

People! The contracted form of "you are" is YOU'RE, not your. Did they not teach you that at Peckerwood Elementary?

I will not justify Barnes actions.

However I was wondering if Brandon Lee would be alive if 911 had been called immediately? If Lee received medical help immediately he would have had a better chance at survival.

I see nothing wrong with Barnes being handcuffed but the beating and kicking afterwards is wrong. Providing alcohol to underage drinkers is wrong. Instructing underage drinkers to leave the scene was wrong.

This is a sad situation.

How do you know 911 WASN'T called immediately? Do you know the time of the call along with response time? Do you know something the rest of us dont or are you SPECULATING? Do you know the pathophysiology of Lee's injuries? If so, how so? How do you know IF Barnes was even handcuffed before or after the authorities showed up? How would you know IF Barnes WAS beaten or kicked AFTERWARDS OR BEFORE his arrival to the Lindsey home, or who inflicted the scratches to Barnes face? Who said there was alcohol at the home or IF Barnes brought it with him (along with the weapon he stabbed Lee with) Who said there were underage DRINKERS there? Just because someone is underage, doesn't make them a drinker. WHO said anyone was INSTRUCTED to leave? What IS sad, is that people like you are willing to post negative statements about speculative information. I have read most of these posts and find it ironic that the general public is willing to believe speculatve comments about an officer who risks his life for OUR community and possibly YOUR loved ones everyday and I have yet to see anyone defend the character of Mr. Barnes....All we really know about him is that he stabbed and KILLED someone. Has anyone besides me notice that OUR WONDERFUL NEWS STATIONS- YES I MEAN ALL OF THEM, ARE ONLY TELECASTING BARNES' STATEMENTS, INFO, ETC????? AND THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY OFFICER LINDSEY RISKS HIS LIFE FOR? I understand it is their right and responsibility to report "the news" however, at least have some integrity for WHAT you report, WHO your resources are, and the MOTIVES behind them.

AWESOME POINT! AND I TOTALLY AGREE!

From what I have read from all your comments is that Mr. Barnes after done stabbing Mr Lee, sat down and smoked a cig smiling. Then none of you were in danger since the attack had ended, your words. Your words have also said that Terry has more restraint then most of you, well as a trained officer he knows he cannot beat a suspect. Specially one that is handcuffed. Not saying what Barnes did is at all forgivable or justified, but neither is what Deputy Lindsey did. If he did infact hit Barnes after he took him into custody. Which from all your comments he did do. That is unlawful, though not as severe as what has happened to Mr. Lee. It is still a violation of the law and Deputy Lindsey has to face the same judiciary system as Mr. Barnes. I believe the deputy will most likely be cleared for duress, minimal will be and should be some counsoling/anger management(plea). Another thing about this, is if Deputy Lindsey did not beat him severely while handcuffed, then those marks had to come from a fight(which the police are reporting) Mr. Barnes will be able to plea, possibly win a Self-Defense/Involuntary Manslaughter charge. Fact remains that if proven Deputy Lindsey did infact beat the suspect afterwards he has jeopardized the case against Mr. Barnes because the marks he made cannot be dissected from the ones made in the fight. I know you all dont like it, but it is what will come out of this case.

OK Observer........if a guy that just stabbed someone decides to light a cig and smile about the situation......that means he is insane or just a freak. i would be worried also at the fact he got put on medical leave from the army for mental illness, so I would think in that situation that, ok, i have this crazy guy here at my house who just stabbed my best friend so what is he going to do next....does he have a gun? could he snap again? You just have no clue do you. Pathetic. A trained officer is taught to protect.....he protected. If you only knew the true story, your sad little self would know who the victims were......Barnes is a big baby, cry me a river next time when you kill someone else. Oh and observer, maybe next time it will be one of your friends this inicent guy goes after next, and we will see what you think then huh. I say put Barnes on death row, and put another murderer to rest like all the victims have been.

When you beat someone in handcuffs then thats violating their civil rights.The news is not telling the whole story because they cant right now.

WHEN YOU STAB SOMEONE TO DEATH DOESN'T THAT KINDA VIOLATE THEIR RIGHTS SOME? WAKE UP!!!
IT IS CANDY *SS IDEAS LIKE THIS THAT HAVE THIS WHOLE COUNTRY BOWING DOWN AND BEING NICE TO SCUM OF THE EARTH PEOPLE AND TREATING THUGS AND CRIMINALS LIKE THEY ARE GOOD UPSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY...I'M WITH THE OTHER ONE THAT POSTED IT... I WOULD HAVE SHOT HIM MYSELF.MAYBE THIS LITTLE BRAINDEAD IDIOT NEEDED TO BE TIED TO A TREE AND BEATEN INSTEAD OF ALLEGEDLY IN CUFFS!!!

This comment is uncalled for "Yet another stupid and cowardly cop tarnishes the name and good work of most of the Law Enforcement Community in East Texas. If this man is not prosecuted to the full extent of the law, all credibility will be lost."
I do not believe that Terry should be punished at all! It does not matter if he works for the Sherrif's dept or for wal-mart. He restrained himself more than I would have, if this had happened on my property Barnes would be dead because I would have shot him.

The FACT is Barnes stabbed Brandon, he took a life and laughed about it. All I can say is I'm glad we live in Texas where we pursue the death penalty! I hope I'm picked for jury duty!

Well he should have been trained to stop it. You would have shot him, that's sick. I hope you can get some help and over your issues. That's why we have the justice system that we do and not psychos like you going around shooting people.

Yet another stupid and cowardly cop tarnishes the name and good work of most of the Law Enforcement Community in East Texas. If this man is not prosecuted to the full extent of the law, all credibility will be lost.

this is very tacky. very tacky.

are yall kidding me???? this man just killed someone and yall are worried that the poor lil baby got beat up!!! who cares...stop getting away from the fact that barnes killed a man and try to understand that not only is deputy lindsey having to deal with the death of one of his best friends but now the guy that killed his best friend is upset that he might have a scar and wants terry in jail, how about what barnes did can't be taken away..all we have now is pictures and memories.

people that dont know terry and that have not been in a situation like this need to keep their nasty coments to their selfs terry is a great person and officer he has put his life on the line to protect us even the ones that are reporting half trueths or lies my prayers are with you terri and brandons familyo

Are you kidding me???? So let me get this straight......Josh says that he does not remember stabbing brandon yet (supposedly) he can remember EVERY other little detail about that night. Ya, that sounds like he's telling the truth (sarcasm). Plus that night, he told officials that he knows that he stabbed Brandon, meant to stab Brandon, and was in the right state of mind when he did it. C'mon!!! If your believing this crap, then your a fool too!!! He stabbed Brandon for no reason at all, then sat on the ground, lit a cigarette, and smiled about it. You tell me if he's the victim here!! I dont think so!!!

all that come out of my mouth is wow. How can the media and everyone else look past the fact that a good man was murdered cold blooded by a phycho who was in the army.......buck up army......your to blame as well for letting this man out knowing he had mental issues...oh, the news didnt know about that one> or are you just trying to hide the fact that Barnes was on medical leave for MENTAL ILLNESS! and then what happens? they let the looney out into the real world and now what, he killed an inicent man at a police officers house and a get together for Brandon Lee.....Deputy Lindsey showed a lot of courage to protect his friends and to protect his family from Barns. Barns deserves nothing more than the death penalty, I have no sympathy. All these lies and alligations that you are accumulating and assuming are hurting Lindsey and his loved ones, not to mention all of us mourning for the loss of our dear friend. this is a time of mourning not a time to blame a cop for protecting the safety of others.

ALL I KNOW IS THAT IT SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR IN THE FIRST PLACE .OFFICERS ARE TRAINED TO CONTROL THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS . I KNOW THAT WHEN YOU MIX DRINKING IT CLOUDS ANYONES JUDGEMENT .I THINK THERE WAS MORE THAN WHAT IS BEING TOLD .MR LINDSEY MAY HAVE BEEN HOLDING UP THE LAW BUT WHERE WAS HE WHEN THE FIGHT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING HE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED IT SOONER ,NOT JUSTIFYING MR BARNES BY NO MEANS BUT EVERYONE THERE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON ,LIKE I SAID THAT IS WHERE DRINKING GETS YOU

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