Trial Starts in Wounding of Decatur Police Officer

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois trial is underway for a man accused of wounding a Decatur police detective during a raid last year on the defendant’s house.

The Decatur Herald & Review reports 33-year-old Dennis Kendall’s trial began Monday in Macon County. He’s charged with attempted murder, armed violence, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and criminal fortification of a residence.

Authorities say Decatur police were trying to batter down Kendall’s door in January of last year when a gunshot was fired from inside, wounding detective Jason Hesse in the leg. Hesse survived.

Kendall later surrendered.

Kendall’s attorney argues his client didn’t know it was police trying to force their way into his home.

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