Decatur man found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder

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DECATUR - The verdict has been handed down for a Decatur man who is accused of shooting a police officer last year.

Dennis Kendall, 33, was found not guilty of attempted first degree murder and attempted first degree murder of a peace officer.  However, the jury returned guilty verdicts on counts of armed violence, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Decatur police say they were trying to serve a drug warrant to Kendall's home in January 2013, and that Dennis Kendall shot an officer in the leg when they tried to breach the door.  Kendall's attorney argued that his client didn't know that it was police trying to force their way into his home.

Kendall's sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 4, 2014.

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