Normal officer charged with domestic battery resigns

2014-06-02T16:45:00Z Normal officer charged with domestic battery resignsEdith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com
June 02, 2014 4:45 pm  • 

NORMAL — A Normal police lieutenant charged with domestic battery has resigned his post.

Daniel Kelley was put on administrative leave following a Feb. 22 incident at his Lexington home. Kelley's resignation ends the internal investigation by the department into his off-duty conduct.

Criminal charges filed March 6 accuse Kelley of allegedly pushing a woman to the ground and causing bruises by hitting her.

In a statement Monday, Normal police administration said "the investigation has concluded and Lt. Kelley has resigned."  NPD refused to release the date or any other detail of the resignation.

Kelley did not attend a hearing in McLean County Circuit Court on Monday on the domestic battery charge. His lawyer, Stephanie Wong, told Associate Judge Michael Stroh that "there's continuing discussion" between the defense and special prosecutor Lorinda Lamken.

Wong did not disclose the specific of the talks. She asked for one more pre-trial hearing, set for July 2.

Kelley remains free on $325 bond. As part of his release, he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

The criminal investigation was handled by the McLean County Sheriff's Department that has jurisdiction over the area where the incident took place.  The 41-year-old officer turned himself in to authorities after charges were filed.

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