Jonathan Ferrell

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.

Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

The trial of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick wrapped up Tuesday after more than two weeks of testimony. The prosecution and defense spent about 2-and-a-half hours Tuesday morning making their final case to jurors about whether or not Kerrick is guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting of an unarmed, black man, Jonathan Ferrell, two years ago. The jury started its deliberations at 2:40 p.m. and adjourned  for the day at about 5 p.m. Deliberations resume Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

In this segment, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn and Michael Tomsic break down the final arguments made by both sides.

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

The defense rested its case Monday afternoon in the Randall Kerrick voluntary manslaughter trial. Monday's testimony centered around CMPD’s training policy and DNA evidence.

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.