School scare suspects freed without bond

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King, Knight 'administratively released' from jail


The suspects in Tuesday’s scare that temporarily locked down three schools were released earlier today on their own recognizance, court documents show.


Zachary Gage King, 19, 101 Scott Court, and Kyle Isaiah Knight, 19 of 1001 Twelve Oaks Drive, who are each charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, a B misdemeanor, and third-degree criminal trespassing, a violation, were “administratively released” from the Shelby County Detention Center, records show.

The two allegedly admitted to police that they entered school property just as schools were about to open while Knight was carrying what turned out to be a BB gun in a holster on his side, triggering the lockdown and a massive police search to locate them.

No arraignment date has been set.

Administrative release is a tool used during pretrial assessments that assigns low, moderate and high risk levels to suspects. Defendants charged with non-violent or non-sexual misdemeanors assigned with low or moderate risk levels “shall be released on recognizance,” according to state statutes.

The men were spotted off school property by what Sheriff Joe Milam said was a young woman, who photographed them and called 911.

Police responded and within 40 minutes were able to locate both men at King’s Scott Court residence, according to police reports.

Knight had the BB gun in a holster on his side when police arrived at the residence, according to police reports.

Investigators said both men said they didn’t intend to harm anyone. Investigators said the men admitted knowing they were not supposed to be on school property but wanted to take a shortcut to their house, according to police reports.