Trial Delayed in Wheaton Home Invasion Case

Kerin Ramirez now scheduled for late-April trial.

The scheduled start of a trial in the case of a man accused of breaking into an off-duty police officer’s home has been pushed back three weeks.

Kerin Ramirez, who is charged with home invasion and aggravated battery in the September incident, was supposed to begin his trial Tuesday morning. However, an unavailable witness prompted prosecutors to ask for a delay. Judge George Bakalis reset the trial for April 24.

Ramirez is accused of breaking into the home of a Wood Dale police officer’s home on Papworth Street, near Wheaton, during the morning of Sept. 24. He scuffled with the officer before a neighbor, a retired DuPage County sheriff’s deputy, joined in the altercation. At one point, the officer retrieved a gun and shot Ramirez in the midsection.

Ramirez, 20, remains held in DuPage County Jail on $300,000 bail. His attorney previously suggested Ramirez could offer a self-defense claim, while also claiming Ramirez was "unarmed and highly intoxicated" at the time of the scuffle.

Bakalis previously ruled that Ramirez could not obtain personnel records for the retired officer, but allowed a subpoena to be issued for similar document related to the current officer.

alex vargas May 07, 2012 at 02:36 AM
this "man" is college student who was a party before the incident happened. he blacked out and entered the wrong house and of course the owner panicked... i seriously dont get why kerin almost got his life taken away because of a stupid night... and that retired cop had to be dumb to shoot him int he stomach why not on the leg or something? worst of all kerin is being trialed as if he were a murderer or some criminal with a past record.... Hes not.. hes a young adult that had a bad night this is ridiculous......
Kris October 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
How is it ridiculous Alex Vargas? What would you do if you woke up to find a stranger next to your infant child? Ask the idiot if he or she wants some milk or cookies? Police officers are not trained to shoot an offender in the 'leg or something,' They are trained to shoot center mass to stop the threat. And you should familiarize yourself with the Castle Doctrine, a federal statute that says you have the right to defend yourself, including using deadly force, if someone unlawfully breaks into your home. I guess if I'm placed in a similar situation the homeowner was placed in, I'll shoot the guy in the leg, but I promise I'll only shoot if he's white, because I'm really worried about the race-baiting community organizers that would come crawling out of their holes, because you should never let a good crisis go to waste.
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