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Charlotte Officer's Attorneys Object to Second Grand Jury

January 25, 2014  | 

The attorneys for accused Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick have asked a judge to block prosecutors from taking Kerrick’s voluntary manslaughter case before a second grand jury on Monday.

Earlier this week, a panel of grand jurors declined to indict Kerrick in connection with the Sept. 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, who was hit by 10 bullets from the officer’s gun. Ferrell was unarmed.

In rejecting the voluntary manslaughter charge, the jurors asked prosecutors to bring back a lesser charge for them to consider.

Attorney General Roy Cooper quickly announced that his staff would take the case – and the same charge – to another grand jury on Monday.

His reasoning: The first grand jury had 14 instead of the normal 18 members, lowering the odds that prosecutors would get the 12 votes they needed for the indictment. He added that voluntary manslaughter remained “the most appropriate charge given the facts in the case,” the Charlotte Observer reports.

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


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Rich @ 1/25/2014 12:22 PM

Sounds like jury and verdict shopping to me!

TheRookie @ 1/25/2014 1:02 PM

More to this than we know. Why would the lady who answered a knock at the door thinking it was her husband get so scared upon answering & called 911? Why did he wreck his car so bad he had to kick the rear window out to get out? I know my career ending injury question asked was, why didn't you shoot him? I emptied a full can of 10% Oleoresin Capsicum on him, eventually got him controlled with PPCT, & after back-up arrived. Hello, I told my commander(s). I'd a shot him you all would have more than likely charged, and indicted me.

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