Former “American Idol” contestant Caleb Kennedy was released from prison Friday on $50,000 bail while awaiting trial for allegedly hitting and killing a man with his pickup truck while he was on trial was on drugs.
A judge ordered Kennedy placed under house arrest at his home in South Carolina, where he was undergoing mental health treatment.
The country artist had been jailed since February when cops said he ran off the road onto a private driveway and was allegedly rammed with his truck into Larry Duane Parris’ garage, killing the 54-year-old.
Kennedy was under the influence of cannabis and Prozac at the time of the fatal Spartanburg County crash, toxicology results showed.
The singer told officials he took a “deep hit” from his vape and felt the effects of the marijuana at the wheel.
He faces 25 years in prison if convicted of a felony drink-driving that resulted in death.
Kennedy was a top 5 reality contest contestant but left after a clip of him sitting next to what appeared to be disguised as a Ku Klux Klansman surfaced online in 2020.
The It’ll Catch Up With Me Someday singer apologized, but his mother told reporters the clip was taken when he was 12 and claimed it impersonated characters from the horror film The Strangers: Prey at night”.
With AP wires
https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/former-american-idol-contestant-caleb-kennedy-released-from-jail-after-fatal-dui-crash/ Former “American Idol” contestant Caleb Kennedy has been released from prison after fatally falling while intoxicated