October 16th, 2006

A Fort Lauderdale police officer responded to an apartment complex in reference to a 911 call about sounds of fighting inside one of the apartments.  Upon arrival, he found the door to the apartment in question ajar. After opening the door, he saw Kendrick H straddling his roommate’s chest while holding a hammer in his right hand. He also observed that the roommate had a severe injury to his left hand caused by the claw end of the hammer.  Kendrick was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing permanent injury.  Kendrick was looking at a possible 15 year prison sentence.

At trial, I argued that this was a mutual combat incident and that it was the roommate who had the hammer and attempted to use it against Kendrick.  I suggested that officer Hersh witnessed the incident immediately after Kendrick wrestled the hammer away from the roommate.  The jury accepted my version and acquitted Kendrick.

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