Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – During arraignment in Marshall County Circuit Court Monday, attorneys for Kent Barlow entered a not guilty plea and waived a formal arraignment.
Barlow, 46, was arrested in March after an alleged incident in his home. According to a Kentucky State Police investigation, Barlow allegedly held a woman against her will overnight, sexually assaulting her and firing shots from a handgun into a bed where the victim was.
Last month a Marshall County Grand Jury returned indictments of assault, fourth degree domestic violence, minor injury; wanton endangerment, first degree; terroristic threatening, third degree; kidnapping; and first degree rape.
On Monday, attorneys Emily Roark and Mark Bryant requested a bond hearing, which judge Dennis Foust set for May 21. Barlow currently remains at the Marshall County Dentention Center.
According to Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett, the site-based council at South Marshall Middle School will begin the process to replace Barlow, who resigned as the school’s principal following the charges. Lovett said the council has received between 20-25 applications for the job.
They will begin the interview process soon with a goal of naming a new principal before school is out.