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A man accused of murder in New York thought he killed Donald Trump

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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. 

The details

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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