A New York state man charged with murder said in court on Monday he thought he had killed President-elect Donald Trump.
Justin Barkley, 38, pleaded guilty to murdering 52-year-old William Schumacher, of Candor, N.Y., the Ithaca Journal reports.
Judge John Rowley did not accept the guilty plea in light of the Trump comments and ordered a mental health evaluation.
Barkley is accused of killing Schumacher near a Walmart in Ithaca, N.Y. on December 8 and fleeing the scene. He fired a warning shot at police as they approached his home and Barkley was arrested after an eight-hour standoff. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Barkley did not know Schumacher, a seasonal UPS driver who had stopped for food during his overnight shift.
Some blamed Schumacher's death on politics.
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