Trial begins for Decatur man accused of wounding police detective

DECATUR - The trial for a central Illinois man accused of wounding a Decatur police detective during a raid on his home has begun.

Dennis Kendall, 33, is charged with armed violence, attempted murder, reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and criminal fortification of a residence.  His trial began on Monday in Macon County.

Authorities say Decatur police were trying to batter down Kendall's door in January of 2013 when a gunshot was fire from inside, wounding the leg of detective Jason Hesse.  Hesse survived the gunshot, and Kendall later surrendered.

According to Kendall's attorney, his client didn't know it was police trying to force their way into his home.

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