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Mistrial Declared In North Carolina Officer's Manslaughter Trial

August 21, 2015  | 

Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD officer Randall Kerrick is on trial for voluntary manslaughter for shooting and killing Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. (Photo: CMPD)
Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD officer Randall Kerrick is on trial for voluntary manslaughter for shooting and killing Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. (Photo: CMPD)

A judge declared a mistrial Friday in the voluntary manslaughter case of Charlotte, N.C., police officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick, reports WXII.

Judge Robert C. Ervin declared the mistrial after the jurors raised their hands to indicate they likely couldn't reach a unanimous decision.

The jury first said it was deadlocked around noon Friday after votes of 7-5 and 8-4 twice. After Ervin ordered them to deliberate some more, the jury foreman said around 3 p.m. that discussions had been "productive."

However, shortly after 4 p.m., the jury indicated it was still deadlocked 8-4 after its fourth vote.

Kerrick was charged in connection with the death of Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. He faced up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

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kevCopAz @ 8/22/2015 9:48 AM

We all KNOW that they will go for another round since he was a PD officer and the victim was black regardless of facts. Besides The Fed DOJ will pick it up even if he is found not guilty, well at least for the remaining Obama years. Good luck

bill @ 8/23/2015 1:02 AM

He stopped a breaking and entering from happening. He should be found not guilty and given a medal for keeping the community safe.

S.S. @ 8/24/2015 8:04 AM

None of us were in his shoes, since we weren't, and what was going through his mind. It is what it is. The thing is now we have the damn prosecutors as well as the govt. trying to throw this guy to the wolves to appease these p.o.s. protesters. So they won't riot and act like a bunch of animals. Funny how none of these assholes have jobs or shit better to do than protest. Hoping looting will occur so they can go steal shit. It just amazes me that this shit is still happening.

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