A former southern Illinois police officer accused in the death of a man he was trying to arrest has made his first court appearance. A Franklin County judge has appointed an attorney to represent 59-year-old William McKinney on charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery of a senior citizen and official misconduct. Authorities say 62-year-old Roy Barnhart died days after his July 7 arrest by McKinney, who at the time was a full-time Buckner police officer. The indictment alleges McKinney pushed a handcuffed Barnhart to the ground, and then struck the man in the head. McKinney's attorney, Eric Dirnbeck, deferred public comment Tuesday, saying he had not yet spoken with his client or seen the investigative reports. McKinney is jailed on $500,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 14.
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