Court date set for man charged with attempted murder of officer

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A Maylene resident charged with attempted murder after police alleged he led them on a high-speed vehicle pursuit is set to appear in court on June 5 after he was recently arraigned on the charge.



Courtney Sherrod Kennedy is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing at 8:30 a.m. on June 5 in front of Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves. The hearing date was set after Kennedy was arraigned on March 4 on charges of attempted murder, attempted assault, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude a police officer.

A status hearing gives the judge, the defendant and the prosecution a chance to discuss the case and ask any questions they have of police or the judge. Future court dates also can be set during a status hearing.

Alabaster police arrested Kennedy on June 25, 2012 after officers said the suspect led them on a high-speed chase after an attempted traffic stop.

According to police, an officer pulled Kennedy over on a traffic violation before the suspect sped away.

A short time later, another officer located Kennedy’s vehicle on First Avenue in Alabaster. Kennedy then allegedly refused to yield to officers and led them on a high-speed chase.

During the chase, police said Kennedy attempted to hit a police car head-on before striking a private citizen’s car on First Avenue, causing minor damage. Kennedy then allegedly struck another police car, causing minor damage.

Police said Kennedy then allegedly hit another police vehicle head-on near the intersection of First Avenue and Thompson Road, injuring the officer driving the patrol car.

After his vehicle collided with the police car, police said Kennedy fled the scene on foot and ran into a wooded area off Thompson Road. After a two-hour search involving the Alabaster, Helena and Calera police departments and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, officers located and arrested Kennedy off First Avenue near the Fox Valley Apartments before the suspect was transported to Shelby Baptist Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Since his arrest, Kennedy has been released from the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $79,000.