Attorney wants suicide note thrown out

Attorney wants accused Campbell Co. High School shooter's suicide note thrown out

Kenneth Bartley Kenneth Bartley

JACKSBORO (WATE) - The attorney for the accused Campbell County school shooter is asking the judge to throw out a suicide note allegedly written by the defendant.

Attorney Greg Isaacs says his office was not provided with the note, which is a page from a composition book, until January 23, 2014, some eight years after Kenneth Bartley's arrest.

Isaacs says the note is not dated, is not related to the murder case, and would violate Bartley's constitutional rights, including the right to remain silent, if it is allowed to be part of the trial.

Bartley is accused of bringing a .22-calibre handgun to Campbell County High School in November 2005, then firing at three administrators.

Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was killed. Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce were wounded.

Bartley pleaded guilty to the shootings in a plea deal, but was granted a new trial in June 2011.

The jury will be selected from Hamilton County on February 21 with the trial to start in Campbell County the next day.

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