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Judge raises bail to $500,000 for suspect who threatened to shoot up schools

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Public defender requested bail reduction, says Jarrell being held on ‘thought crime’

By BEN CARLSON

A district court judge this morning raised bail to $500,000 cash for the man police say had a manifesto and the necessary tools to shoot up Anderson and Shelby county schools.

Judge Donna Dutton ruled there is enough probable cause to hold Dylan Jarrell, 21, of Forrest Drive, Lawrenceburg on charges to second-degree terrorist threatening and harassing communications.

Dutton rejected a request from his attorney, public defender Amy Robertson, to lower his bond from $50,000 as well as a request from prosecutor Tiffany Azzinaro to raise it to $100,000, in part due Jarrell is facing federal charges and has a holder on him at the jail.

“Given the gravity of this complaint, I’d normally set the bond at $500,000, and that’s what I’m going to do here,” Dutton said after about a minute of deliberation.

Following a probable cause hearing to determine if there is enough information to hold Jarrell on the charges, his attorney said despite the firearms, ammunition and other items police found, he “conveyed” the threat.

“I’ve yet to see the threat conveyed,” said Robertson, “We’re dealing with more of a thought crime, and there’s no allegation that the items recovered were illegal.”

Azzinaro countered, saying Jarrell had a “hit list” on two schools, which was more than enough to justify probable cause.

The hearing included testimony from Kentucky State Police trooper Josh Satterly, who made initial contact with Jarrell while investigating a complaint from a New Jersey woman that Jarrell sent her a racist message on Facebook.

Satterly testified that after obtaining permission to search Jarrell’s phone, he spoke with Lawrenceburg Police Chief Mike Schell who informed him that Jarrell had been questioned in May by the FBI for a threat made against a school in Tennessee.

Satterly said that is how the FBI got involved in the case, and that while the FBI kept watch over Jarrell, he was able to obtain a search warrant to view material in his phone, where he found what Jarrell called a “manifesto” that included plans to shoot up both schools.

“He said he planned to be the next school shooter of 2018,” Satterly said. “He was going to carry out the attack.”

Satterly said once he returned with a second search warrant, police and the FBI found an Omni AR-15 in his vehicle, along with approximately 200 rounds of ammunition.

Inside the home, police found what Satterly said were notebooks filled with details about past school shootings, along with a pressure cooker.

Under cross examination from Jarrell’s attorney, Satterly said Jarrell told police that he suffers from anxiety and schizophrenia and had been seeing a therapist in Lexington.

“Did he seem upset?” asked Robertson.

“He never cried or anything,” Satterly responded, adding that it was only after he was arrested that Jarrell was “dripping sweat” and showed anxiety.

Jarrell, whose hair had been cut since his initial arraignment Oct. 22, was shackled with his arms behind him when a contingent of state troopers and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office escorted him into the courtroom. His attorney requested and Dutton granted that he have the shackles altered on his arms to allow him to take notes during the hearing.

During the hearing, Jarrell appeared to take notes several times but largely stared at the floor and never spoke.

The terroristic threatening charges were waived to a grand jury to determine if the case will be moved into Anderson Circuit Court.