Crimetracker: Kenny Bartley confession can be used in retrial

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Kenny Bartley confessed to killing his assistant principal back in 2005, and a judge says that confession can be used in his retrial.

Bartley's attorney asked the judge to throw the confession out, saying Bartley didn't understand his Miranda rights because he was only 14, his parents weren't there and he'd taken Valium pills that day. But the judge ruled that Bartley knew what he was doing when he gave his statement to authorities.

Deputies say Bartley shot and killed Ken Bruce at Campbell County High School back in 2005, and hurt two other principals. Bruce's widow said it's still hard to think about that day.

"It's so senseless. And I think about my husband in that room. His hands up in the air. This young man shot him," said Jo Bruce.

Bartley's retrial starts February 24. The trial will be in Campbell County, but jurors will be selected from elsewhere.

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