Judge denies release of former Olympian, Michael Barisone, charged with attempted murder

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Michael Barisone, the former U.S. Olympic dressage athlete charged with attempted murder, will be held in Morris County jail without bail after a Superior Court judge deemed him a danger to others and perhaps himself.

Barisone, 54, was charged with two counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon after he allegedly shot his tenant Lauren Kanarek twice in the chest last week at his Hawthorne Hill farm in Long Valley.

Barisone entered the courtroom wide-eyed in his first court appearance Wednesday, in a yellow Morris County jail inmate jumpsuit and a black sling on his left arm.

The injury was caused by an alleged scuffle with Kanarek’s fiancé, Robert Goodwin, who disarmed and pinned down Barisone as he attempted to shoot him after he fired two shots at Kanarek’s chest,according to court documents. The spasm of violence was the result of a weeks-long landlord-tenant dispute, police say.

Judge Stephen Taylor denied Barisone release from jail based on his alleged decision to resort to violence and his repetition of the “fatalistic” phrase “I had a good life” after police responded to the…

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