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No Retrial of North Carolina Officer in Manslaughter Shooting Case

August 28, 2015  | 

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office will not retry a Charlotte police officer whose voluntary manslaughter trial in the death of a man ended with a hung jury last week, officials said Friday, reports the Associated Press.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery said in a letter to Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray that charges against Officer Randall Kerrick would be dismissed. The Attorney General's Office handled the prosecution to avoid any conflict of interest for Mecklenburg County prosecutors.

Kerrick was charged in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. It happened as Kerrick and two other officers responded to a breaking and entering call. Ferrell had been in a car accident and was apparently seeking help at the home.

Ferrell wasn't armed, but Kerrick said that Ferrell charged at him and that he shot in self-defense.

After three weeks of testimony and four days of deliberations, the jury couldn't overcome its 8-4 deadlock in favor of acquittal, leading Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin to declare the mistrial.


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Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 8/28/2015 8:12 PM

After listening to his testimony I too would have done things exactly the same way. I too would have thought the man would have killed the Officer if he got a hold of him. People with mental issues or on drugs are absolutely crazy and nearly impossible to stop even with a cannon.

kevCopAz @ 8/29/2015 8:30 AM

Wow , the Prosecutor needs to be backed up. This is a good solid legal desicion that in any other case the same choice would have been made. Now comes the FEDS Im sue that they will "get justice" for the poor suspect, since the local Government has failed to regulate and control "rogue" officers. Oh perhaps more likely under Holder's DOJ, but still a strong possibility.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/29/2015 1:32 PM

I think that some of the juries in these trials are being threatened by the race groups, probably the BLM. They will encourage rioting until they sway the gutless politicians to do what they want.

madmack1008 @ 8/30/2015 12:05 AM

And he goes where, and speaks with whom, exactly, to get his reputation back? Oh, right, it slipped my mind for a moment, HE DOESN'T.

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