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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Suspect enters Alford plea in Bismarck police officer killing

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of killing a Bismarck police officer acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of murder.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of killing a Bismarck police officer acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of murder.
    Fifty-two-year-old Steven Bannister on Thursday entered an Alford plea in the July 2011 death of Sgt. Steve Kenner.
    An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.
    The plea is treated as a conviction for sentencing purposes. Bannister could face life in prison without parole.
    Authorities say Bannister shot and killed Kenner when the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call. Kenner was the first Bismarck police officer killed in the line of duty.
    Another officer shot Bannister in the head. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger says Bannister suffered a stroke last summer and does not remember the incident.

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