Date set for retrial of Campbell County high school shooter

Date set for retrial of Campbell County high school shooter

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Kenny Bartley (Source: TN Corrections) Kenny Bartley (Source: TN Corrections)

JACKSBORO (WATE) - A trial date has been set for the Campbell County teen who pled guilty to a 2005 shooting at Campbell County High School.

Kenny Bartley was 14, 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.

He later asked for a new trial, saying that his lawyer misrepresented the plea deal he took and told him to just, "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, but in March, the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld Blackwood's decision, paving the way for a new trial.

That new trial is set to begin Nov. 18.

Bartley's attorney Greg Isaacs said  he will ask for bond and hopes to get Bartley released while he awaits his trial.

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