Bartley indicted on assault charges: Remains jailed without bond

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By Joseph P. King II

Convicted school shooter Kenneth Bartley, Jr. will face an assault charge in Campbell County Criminal Court for an alleged October assault on his mother.

A Campbell County grand jury returned an indictment against Bartley on Friday on a count of domestic assault involving his mother, Rita Broyles. .

Bartley is accused of placing his hands on Broyles' neck and then threatening her by twisting the chord on a pair of headphones and saying, “You know I'll do it,” according to the police report.

Broyles told officers Bartley had been drinking liquor — a violation of his probation — and had become violent when she refused to give him $70 for a cab, according to court records. She told officers Bartley became violent and put his hands around her neck and told her he would make her pass out if he did not get the money.

She said she managed to escape to a neighbor’s home and called police, but Bartley had left the home before officers arrived, records show.

Bartley turned himself in to the following Saturday at the Campbell County Jail, where he has been held without bond since.

Campbell County General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons ordered Bartley to be held without bond Oct. 20, as she believed him to be a flight risk.

Bartley is also charged with violating the terms of probation he was granted Sept. 30 as part of a plea agreement signed by Judge E. Shayne Sexton in Campbell County Criminal Courton a prior assault charge, in which his father, Kenneth Bartley Sr., was the victim.

Represented by lawyer Greg Isaacs, Bartley pleaded guilty to one charge of simple assault and one of resisting arrest, and all other charges were dropped. He had also been charged with two counts of assault on a police officer for a July incident, and domestic assault, resisting arrest and escape for another episode in June.

The agreement called for Bartley to serve two years of probation for each charge he pleaded to, but that each term could be served concurrently. He was also ordered not to have any “unlawful contact” with his father. Sammons has ordered that Bartley have no contact with his mother.

The current case was bound over to the grand jury Jan. 27 after Sammons denied a motion made by Isaacs to have the case dismissed.

During that hearing, Broyles said the incident involved little physical contact and that Bartley removed his hands from her neck when she asked him to.

He will appear for arraignment in criminal court Feb. 23.

In 2007, Bartley, then 16, was sentenced to 45 years in prison on a plea bargain for the charges related to the 2005 Campbell County Comprehensive High School shooting, during which he killed Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and wounded two other administrators.

In February, Bartley was given a second trial on the school shootings, and was found guilty of lesser charges and released for time served. Since his release, Bartley has been arrested three times in Campbell County.