Campbell County HS shooter files for change of venue

Attorney for Campbell County HS shooter files for change of venue


LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A lawyer filed for a change of venue Thursday ahead of the trial for the former Campbell County High School student accused of opening fire at the school, killing an assistant principal and injuring two others.

In 2005, Kenny Bartley, who was 14 at the time, opened fire at the high school, killing Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and injuring Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce.

In 2007, Bartley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 years for murder and two counts of attempted murder. Bartley later appealed the decision.

Then in May, the Court of Criminal Appeals granted the appeal, stating that trial counsel was ineffective and that Bartley's parents weren't involved in his decision to accept the offer.

Bartley's attorney, Greg Isaacs, said Bartley was only given a few seconds to make the deal.

The new trial is slated to begin this fall.

Ahead of the trial, Isaacs has filed for a change of venue, saying that intensive media coverage has lead to intense and prejudicial scrutiny of his client.

The attorney also argues that the small size of the Campbell County population and the fact that there is only one high school in the county means it is likely that jurors will have ties to Bartley, the victims or the school.

Isaacs noted that in the original jury selection for the case, many of the potential jurors had strong ties to the case.

One potential juror assisted in the embalming of the victim's body. Another was an emergency responder to the initial shooting scene.

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