Attorney: Former American Idol Contestant “Not Guilty” of Cocaine Possession

Posted on August 29, 2022 by Romi White

Navarre Attorney Keith Kilpatrick say his client, former American Idol top 50 contestant Colby Swift, is not guilty of cocaine possession, and that he intends to fight the charge. 

“Mr. Colby Swift is presumed innocent, as we have filed our Notice of Appearance, Written Not Guilty, maintaining his innocence, and have requested all of the discovery and evidence in this case,” Kilpatrick said. “We have also demanded a Jury trial of his peers.”

Additionally, Kilpatrick said he anticipates other pre-trial motions will be filed in the case.

Swift, 23, who lives in Midland, Texas, was booked Sunday morning into Santa Rosa County Jail after Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop near Escola Street at Frontera Street under the suspicion of impaired driving.

Swift agreed to and performed field sobriety tests at the scene and was subsequently transported to the jail after not perfoming them satisfactorily. 


Upon arrival at the jail, the arresting deputy noticed a small plastic bag containing an unknown white substance in the back seat where Swift had been sitting. 

According to the arrest report, the deputy told Swift he checks the back of the car before and after transporting suspects. 

“That ain’t my coke,” Swift told the deputy, per the report. 

The powder tested positive for cocaine. Additionally, Swift’s breath samples yielded results of 0.141% BrAC and 0.133% BrAC.

Accordingly, Swift was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of DUI and a third-degree felony count of cocaine possession.

Swift was released Sunday afternoon on a $10,000 bond.