KANKAKEE —Ricky J. Kendrick Jr., the cousin of accused killer Dannie L. Kendrick Jr., resumed his testimony Thursday.
Dannie Kendrick is charged with murder and armed robbery in the shooting and death of Kankakee barber Joseph “Joe Buck” Buckner III in November 2011.
He is alleged to have forced Buckner out of his vehicle at gunpoint and demanded money at 7:52 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2011.
The cousins were allegedly in the neighborhood to break into a home.
Ricky Kendrick is serving a 15-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in August 2014. He originally also was charged with murder.
The 32-year-old Buckner was shot four times when investigators say he grabbed Kendrick’s gun. He was shot outside his home in the 600 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Kendrick is believed to have gotten away with $250.
Ricky Kendrick again testified that his plea agreement did not include him testifying against his cousin.
Kankakee defense attorney Dawn Landwher asked Ricky Kendrick about his four interviews with investigators.
“Did they tell you what Dannie said about you when you were told he confessed?” Landwehr said. “Were you angry?”
“Yes, ma’am,” Kendrick said.
Landwehr asked how he felt about Dannie “throwing him under the bus.”
Ricky Kendrick didn’t say one way or the other what his feelings were.
Kendrick testified his confession wasn’t forced.
“I thought they got me to admit to their theory. I kept agreeing. They already had enough (on me).”
Landwehr asked Kendrick if his testimony on Wednesday was the truth.
“It was basically the truth,” he said.
Landwehr asked if he recalled testifying Wednesday that he couldn’t recall all the events of the day of the shooting.
“I don’t remember the small things. It’s not part of my life now. That (pleading guilty) was five years ago.”
The trial continued today and is expected to go to the jury for deliberations on Tuesday.
Assisting Landweher is assistant public defender Benjamin Lawson. Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe and first assistant Joe Kosman are prosecuting the case.