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Grand Jury Does Not Indict Charlotte Officer Over Shooting

January 21, 2014  | 

A grand jury did not indict Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick for voluntary manslaughter Tuesday, instead asking the prosecutor to submit a lesser charge, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kerrick is charged in connection with the Sept. 14 shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, who was unarmed.

The attorney general’s office, which is handling the prosecution of the case, said the grand jury on Tuesday was missing some jurors. Prosecutors intend to resubmit the case to the full grand jury, according to a statement from the attorney general’s office.

If indicted Kerrick could go before a judge and jury as soon as this year. If convicted of the felony, he faces between three and 11 years behind bars.

Kerrick, who turned 28 last week, was arrested about 14 hours after he shot Ferrell 10 times in a brief and violent confrontation on Reedy Creek Road. Ferrell had wrecked his car and apparently was seeking help; Kerrick was responding to a 911 call from a nearby resident frightened by a late-night stranger at her door.

Tags: Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, Officer Prosecution, Grand Juries, Officer Involved Shootings


Comments (7)

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Mark @ 1/21/2014 3:41 PM

This is bullshit! They didn't win over who was there so they want a second shot!

Kenton Herbert @ 1/21/2014 4:40 PM

I don't know the whole story but if a dirt bag was no billed by a G Jury that was the end of it, seems like the prosecutor messed up and wants a second bite of the apple

perry @ 1/21/2014 7:13 PM

"Grand Jury was missing some people" ??????????? That's BULLSHIT!!!! Charge the jury people that weren't there!!!!!!! Dismiss the case.

Mark @ 1/22/2014 4:25 AM

Really? It was unfortunate but the call was a burglary in progress in the middle of the night. The deceased made no attempt at identifying himself or his situation when several officers were there, he had already been tased. Seems to me the agency doesn't stand behind their people at all and are politically going after this guy instead of morally looking at what happened and realizing it is a horrible situation Kerrick should never have been charged with.

Joel @ 1/22/2014 7:08 AM

Heard from a reliable source this chief of CMPD was scared of another Zimmerman/ martin situation is why the Officer was charged. How low of an IQ do you have to have to think there is any relation. The call was a B&E in progress, it is on 911 tape that the perp was screaming at a woman telling her to let him in her house. Screaming at her to turn off the alarm, do not call 911 while he tore the front door off the hinges. The woman victim had no idea this perp was in a wreck. All she knew is there was someone trying to break into her house. These Officers get there to a B&E in progress call, and this perp starts fighting them, being tazed twice without any submission and charges after this Officer that shot him. This chief has opened a can of worms. I feel sorry for the men and women of this Department. This chief needs to be relieved of his duties immediately.

S.S. @ 1/22/2014 7:44 AM

That is complete B.S.I hope the Police Association is doing it's job on this one.

TC @ 1/24/2014 3:04 PM

WOW...seems like all the support is from uniforms protecting the blue line. You get a call saying someone looks frightening at their door. You respond. You don't know the man you are dealing with has just been in an MVA. Tunnel-vision, you treat this man as a threat and you shoot him. Officers are supposed to be trained. If you want to protect him because he has a badge instead of what is expected from a professional, you are part of the problem. If you can't be a professional, get out of the damn profession. The insult to injury here is the guy is shot and killed after getting into an accident. Learn from the example, and stop being the example.

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