Barnett Case to be Overseen by Special Prosecutor

Nick Barnett (left)In the latest twist to the Nick Barnett bar-fight case, the husband of Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider could be a potential witness, the Green Bay Press-Gazette has learned.  Because of that, Schneider said Friday she would appoint a special prosecutor to handle a possible battery case against Barnett, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.

Schneider said Friday that her husband, Kory, works for an area dealership that has sold cars to Barnett.  In addition, her husband played with Barnett in a June 18 charity softball game at Fox Cities Stadium.  “And at that game, my husband overheard Mr. Barnett on a phone making a comment about the case, and depending on what his defense in the case is going to be, that could be an issue,” said Schneider.

Because of her husband lurking as a potential witness and with his past dealings at the dealership, Schneider said the potential conflicts make it necessary to seek a special prosecutor.  Schneider said she hopes to know who that will be by Monday.  According to police, Barnett was involved in an altercation at Wet, 344 W. College Ave., around 2 a.m. Barnett allegedly pushed a woman to the floor; she was not injured.

An argument then ensued outside the Division Street side of the establishment between Barnett and a woman identified as one of the co-owners of the club.  That incident drew the attention of local police, who then learned of the incident inside the club and made the arrest.  The club’s co-owner, Kathy Peotter, told The Post-Crescent on June 20 that the incident has been “blown out of proportion.”  She said she was not arguing with Barnett outside of the club, and that a woman threw a drink at Barnett prior to the alleged shoving incident.

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