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Accused Akron cop-killer pleads not guilty at arraignment

Kenan Ivery at his arraignment. (Source: WOIO) Kenan Ivery at his arraignment. (Source: WOIO)
Officer Justin Winebrenner (Source: Akron Police Department) Officer Justin Winebrenner (Source: Akron Police Department)
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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of killing an Akron police officer pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Kenan Ivery, 35, appeared in a Summit County Common Pleas courtroom Wednesday. He could face the death penalty if convicted of killing off-duty officer Justin Winebrenner on Nov. 16 at Papa Don's bar. 


Police say when Ivery was asked to leave the bar, he returned with a gun. Bar employees, aware that Winebrenner was an officer, asked him to assist with the escalating situation.

Ivery eventually shot five people, including another officer. Winebrenner was the only fatality. 

Earlier this week, Ivery was indicted by the Summit County grand jury. 

His charges include:  

• Aggravated Murder, a special felony 

o Carries two gun specifications and one death specification

• Two Counts of Murder, a special felony 

o Each count carries two gun specifications 

• Five Counts Attempted Murder, a felony of the first degree 

o Four counts include one gun specification 

o One count includes two gun specifications 

• Six Counts of Felonious Assault, felonies of the first degree and second degree 

o Four counts include one gun specification

o Two counts include two gun specifications 

• Having Weapons Under Disability, a felony of the third degree

• Carrying a Concealed Weapon, a felony of the fourth degree

• Illegal Possession of a Firearm in a Liquor Permit Premise, a felony of the third degree

• Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree

READ THE FULL INDICTMENT HERE.

In court, Ivery pleaded not guilty to all 18 charges. He will be held with no bond in the Medina County Jail for his own safety until trial.

Fellow officers appeared in court on Wednesday, along with Winebrenner's father, a former police officer.

"If anybody is more angry in this world right now, it's me, but I'm gonna let our system, the people's system, handle this situation," said Rob Winebrenner.

Winebrenner was calm as he repeatedly called for a return to basics, as a way to prevent future problems and begin change.

"Give the parents authority. Give the teachers the authority, and then kids can learn to respect authority. People do not respect authority anymore," said Winebrenner.

Ivery has shown a long-term pattern of disrespect for police officers. Several years ago, he earned a prison term for trying to run over officers in the parking lot at the Copley Road McDonald's. They later found him with $38,000 and drugs -- cash that he said he got from odd jobs.

The exact motive for the shooting at Papa Don's is still unknown. Winebrenner doesn't believe gun laws translate to change.

"We're not gonna do it by laying in the streets. We're not gonna do it by demanding instant change, demanding this and demanding that. If there's a change, then let's start with the change of going back to respecting authority," he said.

Ivery is expected back in court next month.

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