The coaching coach was acquitted of the student shooting, insanity

An Olympic dressage coach accused of shooting his student was acquitted of attempted murder and in a case that shocked the elite dressage community that was found guilty of insanity.

Michael Barisone, a 57-year-old Olympic cyclist, said he was defending himself in August 2019 when Lauren Kanar shot her twice in the chest at her Long Valley, NJ training center and farm. Canary and her fiancé lived on the farm, but the quarrel escalated when Barisone and his bride moved into a barn owned by him. Barison said Kanar mentally abused him.

Barison made two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with an illegal intent. A Morris County (NJ) jury found Barisone innocent of attempted first-degree murder and possession of a second-degree weapon. The jury also found Barisone innocent of the other two charges.

Canarek’s lawyer, Bruce Nagel, strongly criticized the jury’s decision. Robert J. Carroll, a Morris County prosecutor, said in a statement that the result was disappointing but “should be respected.”

At a two-week trial, Barison’s lawyer, Edward J. Bilinkas, accused Canary of suffering mental abuse that led to Barison’s shooting. Bilinkas said that in the moments before the shooting, Kane and her boyfriend Robert Goodwin had beaten Barisone and attacked their dog. Bilinkas said Kanar also made inflammatory messages on social media about Barison.

In the days leading up to the shooting, Barison repeatedly called 911, saying that Canary and her boyfriend were occupied and being harassed. In a call, Barison described the conflict as “a war.” And he will deal with it. ‘

Canary survived the shooting, but was placed in a coma by a doctor and underwent major surgery to repair his left lung. When he recovered, Kanar received a lot of comments on social media from Barisone followers, blaming him for the shooting and saying he deserved it.

His support for the Barison case was fueled by his attitude within the sport. Barisone was a reserve rider on the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Olympics and coached Olympians like Allison Brock, one of the riders who won bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Kanar had just arrived in dress and went to train at the Barisone farm with his horses in 2018. She and her boyfriend lived in a farmhouse apartment as part of the arrangement. But when a flood forced Barisone and his girlfriend to move into a owned barn, Barisone tried to evict them from Canary and Goodwin’s apartment so they could live there, Canary told The New York Times in 2019.

Kanar used Facebook to crush the long-running conflict with him. Five days before the shooting, Kanar warned that his life was in danger.

“We are pleased with the verdict,” Barinkas Barison’s attorney said Friday. “Michael Barisone has been telling his story for two and a half years and waiting for people to know what happened to them. For the first time, he is in a position to recover his life. ”

In appearance on Court TV after the verdict, Nagel, Kanarek’s lawyer, called the decision a “failure of justice” and the jury’s mistake.

“If he was temporarily insane, why would he sit in that court every day confused and looking like a madman?” said Nagel. “He did it because he put on a show, and the jury bought him a hook, sand, and sand. This is not temporary insanity. That’s a scam, it’s a trick, it was a show and he left. ‘

When the jury read the verdict, Barisone fell into the arms of his lawyer. Barisone was immediately taken to a mental health facility for evaluation. A hearing is scheduled for May 17 to determine the insanity, and Judge Stephen Taylor will decide whether or not Barisone needs further treatment.

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