The lawyer of the former Olympic equestrian, accused last week of shooting his intern on his noble horse farm, claims the shooting victim and her fiancé molested his client.
Speaking to Judge Stephen Taylor in Superior Jeffrey Simms, the lawyer of accused gunman Michael Barisone, told the Morris County court that Lauren Kanarek and her fiancé Rob Goodwin were "squatters" on Barisone's property – and even labeled Kanarek as a "known drifter" in the dressage community.
He said there was a verbal agreement between the parties that Kanarek and Goodwin should no longer live on the property, which they ignored. Kanarek and Goodwin also had horses trained on the property.
Simms told reporters that on the morning of the shooting, an investigator from the Department of Child Protection and Durability, commonly known as DYFS, came to Barisone's estate to investigate Kanarek and Goodwin's allegations of child molestation. Barison has no children, but his wife has two children.
"These people would do anything to hurt Mr. Barisone," Simms told reporters, "and that will come out."
Judge Taylor ruled Barisone limping into the courtroom with a bruise under his left eye and a noose around his arm will stay in jail until his case is settled. The only words he mumbled during the hearing were "No, sir," when Taylor asked him a series of questions.
The 54-year-old Barisone is being charged with two murders and gun violations in the shootout against Kanarek remains with life-threatening injuries in the Morristown Medical Center's intensive care unit.
According to officials, Barisone Kanarek, who is in his late thirties, was shot twice in the chest on 7 August following a dispute over a continuing tenant dispute. According to an affidavit by the police, local police have been to the vast equestrian farm on several occasions in recent weeks Barisone has been called.
Kanarek's quarrel with Barisone was featured on her Facebook page Page recorded publicly. 3 & # 39; & # 39; m and, "she wrote on August 2." Bullied to the point that I fear. On August 7, Kanarek called 911 and told a dispatcher, "Michael Barisone shot me."
"I was shot twice," she told the police.
Barisone had arrived on his property, called Hawthorne Hill. According to the authorities, he fired twice at Kanarek at close range, then at Goodwin, but missed him. Goodwin managed to wrestle with Barisone until the police arrived and arrested him, the complaint said. During the fight he broke his wrist.
] The affidavit from the police found that Barisone could be overheard when he was handcuffed away, repeating, "I had a good life."
Taylor said he was "worried" about this statement.
"That's a pretty fatalistic statement from his side," Taylor said.
In the dispute over the arrest of Barisone, Morris County Deputy Procurator Christopher Schellhorn said Barisone would not wait until the landlord's question was settled in a civil court, but take the matter into his own hands.
"He wanted to solve this problem with a gun and through murder," Schellhorn told the judge, adding that Barisone, if released from prison, could return to the estate to "finish what he started ".
Barisone is a world-renowned dressage athlete. He represented the USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was named Sportsman International Horseman of the Year in 2009. At the Games 2016 in Rio Grande, Brazil, he coached several other Olympians, including the American bronze medalist in dressage and offered riding classes across the country.
According to the news of the shooting, Barisone was selected by Safe Sport, the agency Reports on sexual assault and misconduct in the Olympic sport collects, banned.
Simms summoned Taylo r to release Barisone from prison on the grounds that his client had a clean criminal record and had to get back to work.
Members of the Kanarek family, who participated in the trial, refused to speak to reporters. After the judge's verdict, Lauren's father breathed in relief when Goodwin hugged a prosecutor.
In an e-mailed statement, the family said, "At this point, the family thanks those who supported them and Lauren at this most traumatic time. While there may have been a civil dispute between Lauren and Mr. Barisone, such things never justify the use of a weapon.
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