Trial delayed for attempted murder, home-invasion case
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org December 2, 2013 12:24PM
Updated: January 4, 2014 6:14AM
A jury trial for a Zion man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Gurnee house and shooting at her sister-in-law and her two young children through a bathroom door has been delayed until next year.
The trial was to have started Monday, but was rescheduled to Jan. 21 on Monday morning. Prosecutors declined to comment on whether plea-deal negotiations are delaying the trial, but it had been previously mentioned as a possibility.
Kendrick Augillard, 36, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated discharge of a weapon, residential burglary and aggravated cruelty to animals stemming from the Oct. 19, 2012, incident.
He is also charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s Gurnee home and coming to her place of employment Oct. 4, according to court records. The ex-girlfriend had been granted an emergency order of protection against Augillard on Oct. 5, according to court records.
Less than a week before that order of protection was due to expire, Augillard showed up at her front door with a firearm in hand, police said. The woman was not home, but her sister-in-law and her two children, ages 6 and 10, were in the house.
Augillard allegedly broke into the down the door of the house, at which point the family dog bared its teeth at him. Augillard then shot the dog, according to Gurnee police.
The woman and her two children were able to hide in the bathroom. Six bullet holes were subsequently found in the bathroom door.
Augillard remained in a standoff with police for about three hours before he surrendered. The sister-in-law and her children were evacuated without injury, and the dog survived its gunshot wound.
Augillard faces 26 to 50 years in prison for the attempted first-degree murder charge; four to 15 years in prison for the residential burglary and aggravated discharge of a firearm charges; and one to three years in prison for the aggravated cruelty to an animal charge.