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Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has ruled that Kenneth Bartley's guilty plea should be thrown out, and the teen go to trial on murder charges.

In 2005, 14 year old Kenneth Bartley was accused in a shooting at Campbell County High School that killed Vice Principal Ken Bruce and injured Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce.  He pleaded guilty the next year.

In a Campbell County courtroom Thursday, attorney Greg Isaacs argued that Bartley was pressured into making the plea on the day the trial was set to begin.

Bartley's former attorney testified that Bartley's decision to accept the plea took only seconds.

Judge Blackwood said he was unaware that there had not been further discussion and time taken with Bartley before the plea was accepted. 

10News will have more on this developing story on 10News at 5 and WBIR.com.

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The attorney for a teen who pleaded guilty to killing a school administrator and shooting two others says his client was pressured into making the plea.

In 2005, Kenneth Bartley, who was then 14, admitted to the shooting at Campbell County High School that killed Vice Principal Ken Bruce and injured Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce.

Thursday, Bartley's attorney Greg Isaacs is petitioning the court to throw the guilty plea out and take the case to trial.  He argues Bartley was offered the plea in open court,  then was taken into the judge's chambers with the prosecution and the victim's families to talk about it.  Bartley's parents were not present. Bartley claims he felt pressured to take the deal instead of going to trial.

Isaacs is The prosecution is asking for the motion to be dismissed.

10News has a crew in the courtroom and will bring you the latest on 10News at 5 and on WBIR.com.

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