Teens accused of vandalizing Anderson Co. high school appear in court

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Three of the four teens charged with vandalizing Anderson County High School the night before the school’s graduation ceremony appeared in court today.

The hearing lasting only a few minutes, as Brandon Ball, Blake Franklin and Cobe Penny had not guilty pleas entered for them.

At today’s hearing the judge recused himself from the case, meaning a special judge will now take over.

The fourth individual charged in the case, Anthony Bryan, was not in the court room for today’s hearing. WKYT was told he had not been served the proper paperwork to appear in court yet.

Arrest citations show the night of the incident, Franklin and Ball broke into the school’s baseball field house, destroying lockers and hitting walls with baseball bats. Penny would join them as they broke into the football field house, causing more damage, according police.

"We expect evidence to show that Cobe did not destroy or have hands on anything of the property that was destroyed in this case,” Penny’s attorney Noel Caldwel said.

Caldwell says Penny is a good kid and looks forward to the facts in this case coming out in court.

All four teens are charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

A preliminary hearing has been set for September 13.

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