- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A prosecutor says key videotaped interviews in a school shooting case have been located.

The announcement comes after defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs filed a motion asking that charges against Kenny Bartley Jr. be dismissed because it appeared that the interviews with surviving victims were missing.

Prosecutor Lori Phillips-Jones told the Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1iGox8o) that the interviews were submitted as supplemental evidence on Monday.

“They were not missing, as had been alleged by Mr. Isaacs’ motion,” Phillips-Jones said Monday. “We had several boxes of evidence to go through. Sometimes it just takes a little while to find it.”

Bartley is accused of taking a gun to Campbell County Comprehensive High School in 2005 when he was 14 years old to trade with another student for drugs. School officials were alerted, and Bartley was summoned to the principal’s office where some type of struggle ensued. Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was killed while Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce were wounded.

Pierce has said in previous testimony that he had asked Bartley to show him the gun and suggested it was a toy. Bartley has said he was high on drugs at the time.

In 2007, Bartley made a last-minute plea on the day of his trial, pleading guilty to one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison with a chance of parole after 25 years.

Bartley was granted a new trial after he argued that he was pressured to plead guilty without being allowed to talk to his parents.

His new trial is set to begin on Feb. 24.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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