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Sunday, July 13, 2008

[AR] Ex-Officer Kendall tried to blow up a past wife, stabbed a current wife, so?

(Are there any missing or dead women in Leroy Kendall's past?)
...she found a briefcase under a bed and discovered inside what she believed were bombs. Mrs. Kendall called the police, and a bomb squad arrived at the Kendall home to dismantle the devices in the briefcase...

Former LR Police Officer Arrested For Attempted Murder
Today's THV, AR -
Ashley Blackstone
Jul 11, 2008
A former Little Rock police officer faces charges again for allegedly trying to kill his wife. Police in California City, California arrested Leroy Kendall Tuesday for stabbing his wife. He's charged with battery and attempted murder. In 1994, he was convicted of putting explosives under the bed of his former wife to try and kill her. It happened a year after he was fired from the Little Rock Police Department for getting into a scuffle and threatening fellow officers.

U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
USA v LEROY KENDALL
Filed: March 13, 1998

Leroy Kendall appeals his conviction of possessing an unregistered destructive device in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d) (1994). He was convicted by a jury and sentenced by the District Court 1 to 37 months' imprisonment and three years' supervised release... Judy Kendall and Leroy Kendall married in late 1993 and lived together in a home owned by Mrs. Kendall in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Kendalls, who are now divorced, did not get along well, separating and reconciling several times in the years following their wedding. In July, 1995, Mrs. Kendall decided she and her husband needed to separate again, so she began to move his belongings out of their home. When she did, she found a briefcase under a bed and discovered inside what she believed were bombs. Mrs. Kendall called the police, and a bomb squad arrived at the Kendall home to dismantle the devices in the briefcase... Mr. Kendall first contends there was insufficient evidence to find him guilty. In a prosecution under 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d), the government must prove that a defendant knew he had a device in his possession, that he knew the device was a destructive device... the first device was a piece of galvanized steel pipe, six-and-a-half inches long, with caps on each end. At least 20 .38 caliber bullets were taped to the outside of the pipe, and he described this ammunition attached to the pipe as "added shrapnel"... The second device was an iron pipe, six inches long and a half- inch in diameter, containing 27 grams of powder. One end was capped, and the other end was covered with four layers of Saran Wrap. As with the first device, this pipe had 20 or more .38 caliber bullets taped to the outside... the second device needed no additional component to be detonated because the open end made it an explosive "mine" that could be detonated by the force of a person walking over it... The third device, found inside the cardboard box, was a metal shoe-polish can that was wrapped in black electrical tape. Testimony presented by the government was that the can was full of powder and contained a bottle rocket and a 12-gauge shotgun shell. The bottle rocket held a fuse that was threaded through a hole in the top of the can, and a second, longer, pyrotechnic fuse was also found outside the can. Sherwood, who observed the device before it was dismantled, said a watch and a battery were attached to the side of the can, and that there were wires running from the battery to a switch and from the switch to the watch. Byar, the government's expert, testified that the device was a completed explosive bomb... Mr. Kendall argues there was not enough evidence to support a finding that he possessed the devices. He testified that the briefcase containing the devices was not his, that he did not have a key to the house, and that he was never in the house when Mrs. Kendall was not present. The Kendalls separated several times prior to the discovery of the briefcase, and Mr. Kendall stayed with his parents in Augusta, Arkansas, an hour-and-a-half drive from Little Rock, during these separations. His parents testified that Mr. Kendall had very little privacy when he stayed in their home, and that they never saw him constructing anything when he was there. Judy Kendall testified, however, that the briefcase was Mr. Kendall's andthat she had seen it many times before. She testified that Mr. Kendall had previously given her the combination to the lock, and that that was how she had opened the briefcase. She also testified that Mr. Kendall had lived with her in the house for at least a month preceding the discovery of the devices, and that there were numerous occasions when he was home alone... Mr. Kendall's second argument on appeal is that the District Court erred in its response to a jury question seeking information about his dismissal from the Little Rock Police Department... [Full document here]

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