Caleb Kennedy: Former ‘American Idol’ star will stay in prison

Former 'American Idol' star indicted in DUI crash

L.A, 2022-03-10 14:03:00. Caleb Kennedy: Former ‘American Idol’ star will stay in prison


A judge said Thursday that the former “American Idol” contestant accused of storming and killing a man with his pickup truck will remain in a South Carolina prison while toxicology results from state investigators are pending.

Circuit Judge Daniel Hall ended the hearing without making a pledge to 17-year-old Caleb Kennedy, according to news outlets.

The country music singer has been charged as an adult and could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of driving under the influence resulting in death.

Officials said Kennedy inhaled marijuana on February 8 from an e-cigarette pen before driving down a residential driveway and trampling Larry Duane Paris outside the workshop where the 54-year-old was repairing boats in Spartanburg County.

Kennedy’s attorney, Ryan Beasley, said Thursday that his client is now on suicide monitoring in prison and needs to be released or sent to an alcohol and drug treatment center, The State reported. Paisley has previously described the incident as a “terrible accident” and said his client was deeply sorry.

Hall said a different judge had actually ordered Kennedy to remain in prison until the toxicology results came out. Those results were not there until Thursday, Hall said.

Kennedy advanced to the top five on ABC’s talent show last year, but withdrew from the singing competition after a video clip of him sitting next to someone wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan headdress was circulated. Kennedy then apologized for the video, saying, “It shows actions that shouldn’t have been taken this way.”

Kennedy’s mother, Anita Gay, told news outlets that the video was filmed when Kennedy was 12 and was taken out of context. She said Kennedy was imitating characters from the movie “Strangers: Prey at Night.”

Kennedy’s birthplace is listed as Roebuck, which is just south of Spartanburg.

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