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.


For the last month, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn has been covering jury selection and testimony in the Randall Kerrick trial. She joins Greg Collard and Lisa Worf to discuss the trial and offers some of her behind-the-scenes observations.

Charlotte Observer

We reached out to Scott Broyles to provide legal analysis of Randall Kerrick trial. Broyles is a former federal prosecutor in Charlotte who now teaches criminal law at the Charlotte School of Law. He says he wasn't surprised at Kerrick's decision to testify.

"You can say all you want about a 5th Amendment right not to have to testify. The jury still takes it very seriously and looks very suspiciously at someone who decides not to testify and give their own account," Broyles says.

Kerrick: 'I Thought I Was Gonna Die'

Aug 13, 2015
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.

Defense attorney George Laughrun told Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin that officer Randall Kerrick will testify during his trial.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

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Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The state has rested its case in the Randall Kerrick police shooting trial. The defense started its case by calling witnesses to the stand to counter a prosecution witness who spent parts of two days on the stand.

CMPD Captain Mike Campagna testified that Kerrick went against the department’s policy when he fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell.

Charlotte Observer

Jurors on Monday saw additional video from the interview investigators conducted with former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick after he fatally shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell two years ago. They also heard extensive testimony about Kerrick’s police training and the appropriate use of deadly force. 

Dash-Cam Video Shown To Kerrick Trial Jury

Aug 5, 2015

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.