Kenny Bartley testifies at retrial. “I panicked while high on anti-anxiety meds”

Bartley describes what happened on day of school shooting:

Kenny Bartley in 2005

Kenny Bartley in 2005

Today Kenny Bartley testified in his own defense in his retrial for the school shooting death of Campbell County High assistant principal Ken Bruce in 2005. Bartley also shot and wounded Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce. Bartley was 14 at the time of the shooting and pleaded guilty and agreed to a plea that got him 45 years in prison. Last year a new trial was ordered.

In Bartley’s defense he claimed something that seemed contradictory to me. Please tell me if you agree or disagree. In his testimony Bartley claims that on the day of the shooting he snorted Valium and Xanax. Then when he was called into the office about possibly having a gun he said he panicked when he fired the gun. So which is it? Was he high on two different meds that are designed to prevent panic or did he panic because he was on Xanax like he claims? Seriously is it just me or should this testimony be considered insulting not only to the jury but to common sense? Yeah, I know. The two don’t always go hand in hand.

Closing arguments are tomorrow.

  • Soobs

    He could have made a rash, impulsive decision because of his abusing both meds. I’m sure that’s why he used the word, “panicked.” Not saying that he should go free….he willingly ingested medication in a manner that was not prescribed, in order to “get high.”

    • Trench Reynolds

      Not to mention knowingly taking a loaded firearm into the school.

  • zappacrappa

    Why are we having a retrial? This shit drives me nuts about our justice system. Unless there is evidence he did not commit the crime, there is no reason for a retrial. The reason he did it doesn’t matter. Why are we wasting time and money on this?

    • Trench Reynolds

      Faulty representation or some such crap.

  • edrebber

    If Bartley was driving a car and killed someone, being impaired by drugs would increase the penalty. Bartley showed up at school with a gun and high on prescription medications and murdered one person and attempted to murder another. Bartley stole the drugs and the gun. It’s not like he was taking prescribed medication and following the instructions Perhaps Bartley’s attorney plays golf with the judge on a regular basis.