On May 2, 2014, Trenton Willis appeared at a bond hearing with his attorney Neil Kerr.
His bond was set at $50,000 with a 10 percent payout of $5,000. The bond comes with lengthy conditions from Circuit Judge Tyler Gill in an order which includes: Willis must have a responsible adult with him at all times; he is never to be left alone anywhere or at anytime; he must live with his parents; there must be no weapons in the home with him, this includes sharp knives, axes, clubs or tools that might be used as weapons; he must not have access to any means of transportation from home; the safe the family has must either be emptied of all weapons and keys or removed entirely from the home; he shall not be permitted to be within 1000 feet of any of the witnesses to this case or the alleged victim, and he is ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation by the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center officials to determine whether he was criminally responsible at the time of the alleged events and whether he is able to assist his council in his defense.
According to the order, local law enforcement shall be permitted, and are instructed to, inspect the home at least two times per month to be sure all of these conditions with regard to the lack of weapons and transportation are complied with. For this purpose, they shall be allowed access in the safe and all parts of the home.
Willis, a Logan County High School senior, was arrested Feb. 24, 2014, at the school after making threatening statements to kill a fellow student. According to the arrest report, the Logan County Sheriff’s Department responded to the high school after they were made aware that Willis had made threatening comments towards a fellow student in front of two witnesses. Willis admitted to detectives to making the comments of wanting to murder the female student. He further explained that he had thought about conducting the murder with a knife (cutting her throat), strangling her with a rope, or running over her with his vehicle. He further stated he had thought about doing it at the school, according to the report.
According to the alleged victims’s mother, her daughter and Willis barely knew each other, and this all took place within a three week period.
Upon Willis’s indictment on Friday, April 25 for second degree terroristic threatening and second degree stalking, Judge Gill issued a warrant for his arrest raising his bond from $20,000 to $60,000. On that following Monday, Kerr contacted Assistance Commonwealth Attorney Justin Crocker about setting a hearing regarding bond, and with Crocker’s permission, contacted Judge Gill. As a result, Gill ordered Willis appear to discuss bond and further requested the Logan County Sheriff to withhold executing the warrant until the hearing could be held. At the hearing the bond was dropped to $50,000.
Willis’s parents appeared at the hearing and gave sworn testimony concerning his legal history and his current living arrangements. The specific allegations were discussed and the Commonwealth presented copies of writings supposedly taken from Trenton’s school notebook on the date the charges were initiated. The writings are lengthy and disturbing and generally increase the strength of the Commonwealth’s case and indicate a risk of a violation of the conditions of bond involving violence, said the judge in his order. Some of the writings are suggestive of a fixation upon death, violence and suffering.
According to his parents, Trent has never before faced criminal or juvenile charges and has not been expelled from another school for misconduct. Trenton has been seeing a Psychiatrist since January 2013 for “behavioral issues.”
The case is now in the pre-trial phase.