Jonathan Ferrell

AG Cooper Won't Retry Kerrick

Aug 28, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE


“Our prosecutors believe unanimously that a retrial will not yield a different result.”

Those were the words of Attorney General Roy Cooper in explaining his decision not to retry CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrrell two years ago.

Kerrick's Attorneys Praise Jury, Call Out Monroe and Media In Statement

Aug 22, 2015
Charlotte Observer

The attorneys for CMPD officer Randall Kerrick issued the following statement Saturday afternoon:

We, defense counsel for Officer Randall Wesley Kerrick would first like to thank the jury for its thoughtful deliberations in this case.  Officer Kerrick and his family have always respected the criminal justice system that they have worked for their entire lives.  All of the jurors, regardless of how they voted, were cautious, considerate and deliberate.  It is citizens such as these that make our justice system work.  We thank you. 

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Some did take to the streets of uptown last night to protest the mistrial. We sent WFAE’s Tom Bullock to report on what happened.

Warning: The audio in this report contains an offensive word.

These protesters were younger and more aggressive than the marchers who snarled traffic earlier in the day.  And it was easy to tell they felt they were in charge as they walked down the middle of streets weaving in between cars yelling things like "No justice – no peace. No justice – no peace."

And this:

"F--- the police."

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?

Sarah Delia

After a mistrial was declared in the case against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, several Charlotte area churches were open Friday night. Not for sermons, but as a place for people to process the day’s news. WFAE’s Sarah Delia went to one those churches and has this report.


Mistrial Declared In Trial Of Randall Kerrick

Aug 21, 2015
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

UPDATE: 9:10pm

Protests continue  this evening after a judge declared a mistrial in the Randall Kerrick case.  Police closed several roads as they made their way through uptown.  

The family of Jonathan Ferrell addressed reporters outside the courthouse shortly after court was dismissed.   

"I feel like we need to keep fighting.  We must get justice," said his mother Georgia Ferrell.

Kerrick Trial Update: Jury Recesses For Day

Aug 20, 2015
Charlotte Observer

The Randall Kerrick trial jury has gone home for the day. Deliberations resume Friday at 9:30 a.m. The jury requested access to five piece of evidence Thursday morning, such as the crime scene evidence report, and a picture of Kerrick's injures from the night he shot Jonathan Ferrell 10 times.

Charlotte Observer

Now that the Randall Kerrick case is in the hands of the jury, all prosecutors and defense attorneys can do is wait to see if jurors decide if he’s guilty of voluntary manslaughter in shooting Jonathan Ferrell 10 times. Scott Broyles knows what waiting for jurors is like. He’s a former federal prosecutor who now teaches criminal law at the Charlotte School of Law. He joined Marshall Terry to discuss the case. 

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The fate of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is now in the hands of 12 jurors. The prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments Tuesday on whether Kerrick is guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Two years ago, the white police officer fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed African-American who had wrecked his car and banged on a stranger’s door in the middle of the night. WFAE's Michael Tomsic was at the courthouse and joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to discuss.

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