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.