Kenny Bartley faces new charges, free on bond

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Kenny Bartley is charged with domestic assault, resisting arrest and escape. A judge set his bond at $2,000 and he'll be under supervised release with some special conditions.

Bartley's father called 911 Saturday night, telling deputies Bartley had threatened to kill him over a set of car keys. As deputies placed Bartley under arrest, they said he tried to run away and even tried head butting them. According to the report, they used a taser on Bartley and said he appeared to be under the influence and unsteady on his feet.

Bartley's attorney, Greg Isaacs, said Bartley wants to do the right thing, which is why Bartley requested supervised release, where someone checks to make sure he's following the rules and is on the right track.

"He's been under a tremendous amount of scrutiny, a tremendous amount of pressure since the jury came back in this very same building. And he's a young man that's sincerely trying to make it one day at a time. And it's very rare that you have a client wanting more structure, more supervision," said Isaacs.

The judge agreed to supervised release, and part of Bartley's bond conditions include no guns and no drugs or alcohol.

Bartley went home with his father Monday afternoon. His next court date is July 11.

Isaacs said Bartley is trying to reintegrate himself back into the community, and will likely seek counseling. He's also attending welding school.

Bartley was arrested in 2005 and charged with shooting and killing Campbell County High School assistant principal Ken Bruce, and wounding principal Gary Seale and assistant principal Jim Pierce.

In February, a jury found Bartley not guilty of the first degree murder of Bruce. Instead, jurors convicted him of the lesser-included charge of reckless homicide. Jurors also found Bartley not guilty of the attempted murders of Seale and Pierce. They convicted him of possession of a gun on school property, and two drug charges.

In April, Bartley was sentenced to 8 years and became a free man, since he'd already served that much time behind bars.

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