Kenan Ivery Found Guilty of Off-Duty Akron Police Officer's Murder

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Following lengthy deliberations this week, a Summit County jury found Kenan Ivery guilty of the 2014 murder of off-duty Akron police officer Justin Winebrenner. 

From earlier AP reporting:



Police say Ivery was asked to leave Papa Don's Pub in Akron after being unruly, then returned [that same night] with a gun and shot 32-year-old Justin Winebrenner, the off-duty officer who had tried to intervene [in an argument inside the pub]. Winebrenner died at a hospital.

A second off-duty officer was grazed by a bullet during the shooting, and two men and a woman were hospitalized.

Ivery was also found guilty of various attempted murder and felonious assault charges for the injures that occurred that night.

A quick trial breakdown from the Akron Beacon Journal's Ed Meyer:



During the trial, the prosecution showed evidence that Ivery returned to the bar, angry and seeking revenge, after he was “kicked out” of the pub for unwanted advances toward several women.

The prosecution insisted that Ivery purposely killed Winebrenner and acted with prior calculation and design — two essential elements that must be met in order to convict on aggravated murder.

The defense, however, maintained Ivery returned to the pub to pick up a forgotten box of chicken wings and ended up firing his gun in self defense.

Ivery will be sentenced on Tuesday morning. He could face the death penalty.

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