Jonathan Ferrell

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.

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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.

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.