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Kankakee County Courthouse

KANKAKEE — The trial of Dannie L. Kendrick Jr. began today in Kankakee County Court.

The 27-year-old Kendrick is alleged to have shot and killed Joseph Buckner III, of Kankakee, during a robbery in November 2011. The 32-year-old Buckner owned A Kut Above barbershop.

Kendrick is charged with murder and armed robbery. The trial is expected to go through Friday. Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott is presiding.

Kendrick’s cousin, Ricky Kendrick Jr., also 27, also was arrested. He agreed to plead guilty to armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in August 2014. He is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

According to a 2014 Daily Journal story when Ricky Kendrick agreed to plead guilty, Dannie Kendrick was the triggerman, prosecutors allege, when the two cousins went to the 600 block of South Lincoln Avenue on Nov. 25, 2011, looking to burglarize a home but killed Buckner instead.

Buckner was on his way home when he came across the would-be burglars.

Prosecutors said Ricky moved away from his cousin and Buckner before Dannie shot the father of three and robbed him of $250.

Ricky allegedly recognized the man known familiarly as “Joe Buck” and did not want to rob him. Dannie allegedly gave Ricky $30 of the money stolen from Buckner the next day.

State’s Attorney Jim Rowe and First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Kosman are prosecuting the case. Kendrick is represented by Dawn L. Landwehr and assistant public defender Benjamin Lawson.

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