Trial date set in murder of Akron police officer

Trial date set in murder of Akron police officer
Officer Justin Winebrenner (Source: Akron Police)
Officer Justin Winebrenner (Source: Akron Police)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - An Akron man will stand trial this fall in the murder of an off-duty police officer.

Kenan Ivery faces the death penalty if convicted of killing 32-year-old Officer Justin Winebrenner on Nov. 16, 2014. His trial begins Sept. 8, 2015.

According to police, Winebrenner was at a fundraiser and went to Papa Don's Bar afterwards around 2 a.m.

say an unruly patron, Ivery, was asked to leave, but later returned, brandishing a handgun. Bar employees, aware that Winebrenner was a cop, asked him to assist with the escalating situation.

The off-duty officer tried to talk to the suspect before he fired off his weapon, striking a total of five people: Winebrenner, another officer, two men and a woman.

Authorities say Winebrenner was rushed to Akron City Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries around 2:27 a.m.

The other officer sustained minor injuries, while the additional three victims suffered varying injuries.

Winebrenner leaves behind a fiance and 4-year-old daughter. He served seven and a half years on the force and is the son of a retired officer.

Winebrenner was a field training officer in Platoon 4. Prior to becoming an Akron police officer, Winebrenner worked at the Medina County Juvenile Center.

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