Duncan McFadyen

Weekend Edition Saturday Host/Reporter

Duncan is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Wilmington. A lifelong musician, he got his start in broadcasting as a volunteer classical music host at his hometown public radio station, WHQR. He went on to host “Morning Edition” there, and then at WCQS in Asheville.

He enjoys live music, hiking, playing the piano, Scotch whisky, and craft beer.

Duncan is an alumnus of  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by way of Duke University .

 

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Charlotte Observer

It was a day of uncertainty Friday. Would the Randall Kerrick jury reach a verdict?

No. The jury deadlocked at 8-4. A mistrial was declared.

Then, more uncertainty. How would people react?

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Update, 1:15 p.m.
 Jurors have picked a foreman and are now on lunch break. They will begin deliberations at 2:40 p.m.

Update, 12:20 p.m.
Closing arguments ended at 12:17 p.m in the Randall Kerrick police shooting trial. Prosecutor Adren Harris told the jury that Kerrick had enough time - five seconds - to reholster his gun and use a non-lethal weapon as Jonathan Ferrell was running toward officers on Sept. 14, 2013.

Charlotte Observer

Defense attorneys will continue presenting their case Monday in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Randall Kerrick. This is the third week of testimony in the trial of the CMPD officer who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell in 2013. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the defense is likely to present DNA evidence.

Charlotte Observer

Update  6 p.m.
 Prosecutors cross-examined CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for three hours Friday. It was a tense day of testimony in which prosecutors tried to paint Kerrick as someone who can’t be trusted.

Charlotte Observer

CMPD officer Randall Kerrick told jurors Thurday afternoon that he feared for his life on the night he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell.

In the trial of Randall Kerrick Friday, jurors heard the former CMPD officer recount his version of the events that led to the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. But Kerrick was not called on to testify. Prosecutors in the voluntary manslaughter case showed part of a video of a police interview with Kerrick. The video was recorded a few hours after he shot Ferrell ten times. Kerrick and two other officers were responding to a 911 call about a break-in. Kerrick is white and Ferrell was black and unarmed.

CMPD

Police dash-cam video was shown Wednesday in the Randall Kerrick shooting trial. It comes from the police cruiser of Officer Adam Neal – one of three officers who responded to a 911 call the night of September 14th, 2013.

Julie Rose

Three years ago, Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials celebrated the opening of a new trash sorting facility. The goal was to turn a profit on recyclables within five years. It’s not turning out that way.


Lynn Roberson / UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte expects thousands of people to visit a rare flower blooming this weekend at its Botanical Garden. The Amorphophallus titanium, or corpse flower, is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Most plants bloom only once or twice, and it takes at least 7 years for them to produce a flower. When a plant does bloom, it produces one of the largest flowers in the world. Titans’ deep purple blooms can grow to over 9 feet. They’re also known for the strong smell they produce, which is similar to rotting flesh. Appropriately, UNC Charlotte has nicknamed theirs “Odie.”  It’s about 5' 4" tall and 11 years old.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

It took less than five minutes to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol, a symbol that’s been fought over for 54 years. It happened on the same day the FBI admitted the alleged shooter in the Charleston church killings should not have been permitted to buy a gun.


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