Campbell County High School shooter granted retrial

Kenny Bartley testifying in 2011.
Kenny Bartley testifying in 2011.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Court of Criminal Appeals has granted an appeal for a retrial to the teen accused in a deadly 2005 shooting at Campbell County High School.

Kenny Bartley was 14 when he opened fire at the high school, killing Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and injuring Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce.

He pleaded guilty in 2007 and was sentenced to two consecutive sentences totaling 45 years.

Bartley later appealed the decision, saying that his lawyer misrepresented the plea deal and told him to “say yes to everything the judge asks you.”

In June 2011, Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood threw out the guilty plea and granted Bartley’s request for a new trial. The state later appealed Blackwood’s decision.

On Monday, the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the decision, paving the way for a new trial.

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