Confessed killer released from Tennessee jail on $3000 bail
WZTV / Warren County
Wesley Leverett confessed to murdering Barry Cole, but when his bail dropped from $1 million to $30,000, he got out of jail for $3,000.

By Dennis Ferrier, WZTV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) -- A man who confessed to murdering and mutilating an acquaintance got out of jail for just $3,000.

Wesley Leverett confessed to murdering Barry Cole, but when his bail dropped from $1 million to $30,000, he got out of jail for $3,000.

One night in February 2017, Cole, 55, was watching television with Wesley Leverett. According to Leverett's own confession, Cole had made a comment about Leverett's mother. This set off the 29-year-old who confessed to stabbing Cole 30 times, beating him with a chair leg, and then disfiguring him with a Dremel modeling tool.

Leverett confessed, according to the district attorney, the confession was ruled admissible and bond was set at $1 million. The trial, like many, went through delays, including a change of attorney. Then COVID-19 hit: another delay.

In mid-August, Warren County Judge Bart Stanley reduced Leverett’s bond from $1 million to $30,000. Leverett made bail that day and got out of prison for $3,000.

Leverett is living with his mom and grandparents, who are co-defendants in the case.


The Jackson Sun reports police determined Leverett's mother and grandparents attempted to hinder the investigation into Cole's death.

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