Jury deliberates in the Kenny Meinders case

By WEEK Producer

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- The jury is deliberating in the case of Kenny Meinders. Meinders is accused of assaulting police officers in an altercation on August 21 of last year.

On Friday, Meinders testified he doesn't remember anything that happened that night. On August 21, police responded to a home in Low Point on a domestic disturbance call where they say Meinders tried to hit and disarm them. He is charged with attempting to disarm a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer and domestic assault.

Meinders girlfriend testified Thursday that Meinders did not hit her. Meinders' family testified Friday they saw police severely beating him.He was in an Intensive Care Unit for more than a month because of his injuries.

Woodford County Sheriff's Officer Doug Flecther said he was the first to tase Meinders and believed he did so three times. The defense asked if it could have been up to 24 times. Fletcher did not have a response.

The defense also called an OSF Saint Francis kidney specialist to testify. Dr. Anthony Horink testified Meinders tested cocaine positive and had acute kidney failure. Dr. Horink did not say what caused the acute kidney failure.

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