Decatur Man Acquitted of Attempted Murder

Decatur Man Acquitted of Attempted Murder


A jury has cleared a man of charges that he tried to kill a Decatur police detective wounded during a raid last year.

Dennis Kendall, 33, was acquitted of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, but jurors convicted him of armed violence, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Authorities said 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.

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