Bannister pleads not guilty to killing Bismarck officerBismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - The man accused of killing a Bismarck police officer is pleading not guilty.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
The man accused of killing a Bismarck police officer is pleading not guilty. 52 year-old Steven Bannister pleaded not guilty to murdering 56 year-old Sgt. Steve Kenner, and to terrorizing. Kenner was the first North Dakota police officer to die in the line of duty in 15 years, and the first Bismarck police officer ever killed on the job. Kenner and another officer responded to a call on July 8 about a man threatening a woman with a knife. Authorities said the officers found Bannister, sitting in a van outside a trailer home. As they approached the van, Bannister shot Kenner.