The aggravated robbery warrant against Kenneth Stuart Bartley has been recalled and dismissed, authorities said.
Bartley, 23, had been identified as a suspect in a Sunday morning robbery in Anderson County. The alleged robbery occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Marathon Station on Lake City Highway near Rocky Top (the former Lake City).
But authorities said Bartley was located in Vienna, Virginia, on Sunday night, and his family said he had been in Virginia.
On Sunday evening, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department said its investigators would travel to Vienna to interview Bartley and work with Virginia authorities to determine if “Bartley was indeed in Virginia at the time of (the Sunday morning) robbery.”
On Monday, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said investigators had conducted the follow-up investigation and interviewed Kenneth Bartley in Virginia.
“They have conferred with the (Anderson County) District Attorney’s office,” Lucas said. “The District Attorney has recalled the warrant on Bartley, and we will not be extraditing him back to Tennessee at this time. Virginia authorities will be processing his release.”
Lucas said the investigation was continuing, so authorities would be unable to release additional details.
During a Monday press conference, Bartley’s lawyer, Gregory P. Isaacs, told reporters in Knoxville that it was “literally impossible” for his client to have been in Anderson County at the time of the Sunday robbery, according to WBIR-TV.
Bartley was the school shooter in Campbell County a decade ago when a principal and two assistant principals were shot and one died. Bartley was a juvenile at the time, but he served time for homicide as an adult. He has other arrests after being released from prison, Lucas said.
There is also a violation of probation warrant on file in Campbell County.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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