By Allyson Dix, Managing Editor / Barren County Progress
Relatives and friends gathered on the courthouse lawn to peacefully protest on Monday morning voicing their opposition for the release of a Glasgow man who is currently facing murder charges.
Roger L. Noland of Scottsville was shot and killed on the evening of Feb. 10. According to the arrest citation, James E. Campbell told police that a verbal altercation occurred, which “led to [Campbell] discharging a firearm, striking [Noland], causing the victim to succumb to the injury.”
Kelly Claypool, the mother of Noland’s two sons, told the Barren County Progress on Monday that she wants the community to know that Noland was loved.
“I want people to know that he did have a family, he did have children, he was loved, and he was important,” Claypool said, “I’m here today because of my boys.”
Davis shared that he’s the stepfather of Noland’s children (ages 11 and 14) although he said he sees them as his kids and it is important for him to advocate for the children’s biological father.
“These kids, my boys, they’re scared because they don’t know they have a voice and they think their dad is not worth anything because a man is walking free in this community who had enough evidence to be indicted for killing a man in cold blood,” Davis said.
Campbell was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond on March 29.
“We’re here today to figure out why a judge seems to let a man loose in the community in exchange for a promise that he will return to court,” Davis said.
Claypool and Davis traveled over 200 miles from North Middletown, a town similar to Glasgow, on Monday alongside the two sons.
“It messes with the kids’ minds mentally and that’s why we’re here to let them know it’s okay to say something,” Davis said, “This is what our amendments are, this is what we’re supposed to do if you don’t have a voice and that’s why I’m here.”
Davis hopes that by showing up “by five, we touch 5,000.”
“Stepping out and saying something, it might touch somebody else.”
On July 18, a motion to dismiss claiming self-defense was filed in the Barren County Circuit Court by the defendant’s attorney Johnny Bell. The motion states Campbell denies he was wanton or reckless in believing that his use of force was necessary.
Barren County Circuit Judge John Alexander presides over the case and the next hearing on the motion to dismiss is set for next Monday, July 31, at 1:00 p.m.