Dressage trainer and 2008 Olympic alternate Michael Barisone, found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity in April, will remain in custody to continue receiving mental health treatment at a New Jersey psychiatric hospital for now, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Barisone had been in custody for more than three years, since being arrested Aug. 7, 2019, after his former student Lauren Kanarek was shot twice in the chest at his Long Valley, New Jersey, dressage training center.
During a Sept. 7 court appearance called a Krol hearing, held to update the court on Barisone’s mental health treatment and progress, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor “expressed concern that if Barisone crosses paths again with Kanarek, either in the horse world or in court (Kanarek is suing Barisone, and he is counter-suing) it could result in ‘a situation I don’t think he’s capable of dealing with,’ ” Nancy Jaffer reported in Horse Sport.
Barisone was committed to the Ann Klein Forensic Center in Trenton, New Jersey, when his trial ended April 14. He has now spent nearly five months there.
While Barisone’s psychiatrist at Ann Klein said that he could be discharged and managed with outpatient treatment, Taylor noted that a committee of psychologists, social workers and other experts at the hospital disagreed with her assessment, Jaffer reported.
Taylor ruled that Barisone be moved to Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, New Jersey, for at least the next six months to continue treatment.
Barisone’s next Krol hearing has been scheduled for March 8.