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American Idol star Caleb Kennedy released from jail after judge grants bond

Caleb Kennedy appears virtually in bond court on Apr. 28.
Caleb Kennedy appears virtually in bond court on Apr. 28.(FOX Carolina News)
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 3:38 PM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 5:20 PM EDT
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Caleb Kennedy was released from jail on Monday after he was granted bond by a judge in the fifth hearing since he was arrested.

Kennedy, 17, is charged with DUI in the crash killing 54-year-old Larry Parris on Feb. 8. Officials say he traveled 175 yards off the road to a garage where Parris was working when he ran him over.

The teen’s attorney, Ryan Beasley, said he was granted a $50,000 bond and will be placed on home detention. He was released from jail at around 9:30 a.m. on May 23, 2022.

Beasley said Kennedy was given a mental evaluation and is required to have mental health counseling.

In a hearing earlier this month, a judge decided to delay granting bond until Kennedy could have a mental health evaluation. He was previously placed on suicide watch while in custody and Beasley said Kennedy’s dose of Prozac was increased shortly before the deadly crash.

Larry Duane Parris, his daughter Kelsi and wife Donna.
Larry Duane Parris, his daughter Kelsi and wife Donna.(Provided by family)