Bartley indicted for assault charges in 2 separate incidents

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By Joseph P. King II

JACKSBORO—A grand jury indicted convicted school shooter Kenneth Bartley Jr. Friday for assault charges that were levied against him for two separate incidents that allegedly occurred in June and July.

Bartley is indicted on two counts of assault on a police officer for the July indident. Each count charges Bartley for intentionally or knowingly causing a Campbell County deputy to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury.

The indictment also charges Bartley with domestic assault, resisting arrest and escape for the June incident.

The first set of charges are related to an incident in which Campbell County officers responded to the home of Bartley’s father concerning a domestic dispute, according to the arrest report. The call was placed to Campbell County officers by Bartley’s father, Kenneth Bartley Sr., who stated Bartley had threatened to kill him because of an argument they had about the keys to a vehicle, records show.

Bartley was arrested for the incident and released the following Monday to the custody of his father on a probation agreement.

Bartley then allegedly violated the probation agreement July 10 when he was reportedly drinking alcohol — an infringement of the release agreement. While investigating the probation violation, Bartley allegedly fought with two deputies before being subdued with minimal force, Chief Deputy Aaron Evans said in a previous interview.

Bartley has been in Campbell County Jail since the July incident without bond. He is set to appear in Campbell County Criminal Court Monday before Judge E. Shayne Sexton. He is being represented by Greg Isaacs of Knoxville. If convicted of the charges Bartley could face a maximum of 11 months and 29 days of incarceration, according to the District Attorney’s office.