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Man Acquitted of Trying To Kill Decatur Officer

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

According to reports, 33-year-old Dennis Kendall was acquitted Thursday in Macon County 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.

Kendall later surrendered.

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

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