Jonathan Ferrell

WFAE Talks
3:25 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

WFAE Talks, Episode 2: A Decision Not To Indict, School Redistricting, Drones

In this second episode of our new podcast, WFAE Talks, News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man 10 times, the controversy over school redistricting in Union County and the future of commercial drones flying over our communities.

Crime
5:15 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Prosecutors Will Resubmit Voluntary Manslaughter Charge Against CMPD Officer

Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office will resubmit a voluntary manslaughter charge against suspended CMPD officer Randall Kerrick on Monday. Meanwhile, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe Wednesday addressed the grand jury's decision not to indict Kerrick who shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell ten times in mid-September. Monroe made the decision to charge Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter less than 24 hours after the shooting.

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Developing Story
5:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officer On Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Randall Kerrick

A Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a suspended Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick, on a voluntary manslaughter charge Tuesday. 

Instead, jurors requested a prosecutors submit a smaller charge in the death of an unarmed 24-year-old Charlotte man whom officer Kerrick shot 10 times.


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Charlotte Observer
4:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Jonathon Ferrell's Family Files Suit In Shooting Death

Jonathon Ferrell
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The family of an unarmed man fatally shot in September by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe, and local government.

It claims that each of those named contributed to the “grossly negligent” and “reckless” acts that led to the Sept. 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player and recent Charlotte transplant.

At a news conference late Tuesday morning, Jonathan Ferrell’s mother Georgia Ferrell said she felt she “shouldn’t be here.”

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Crime
2:32 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Toxicology, Autopsy Report For Shooting Victim Ferrell Released

Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by a CMPD officer in northeast Mecklenburg county on September 14.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The state's medical examiner's office released a toxicology and autopsy report for Jonathan Ferrell on Friday afternoon. The report shows that the 24-year-old had nicotine, a small amount of alcohol and caffeine in his system on the night of his death in mid-September. The report shows that Ferrell's blood alcohol level was .06 percent. State law puts the legal blood alcohol level limit at .08 percent while driving.

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Crime
11:51 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge Grants Prosecutor Control Of Police Shooting Video; Effectively Blocks Release

Superior Court District Judge Richard Boner signed an order to block the release the dash cam video.
Tasnim Shamma

A judge on Thursday effectively prohibited CMPD from releasing dash-cam video footage from the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot 10 times by a police officer.


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Sunday Headlines
10:24 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Radio transmissions add details on Ferrell shooting

  Radio recordings released Friday by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police offer new details about the fatal police shooting of Jonathan Ferrell September 14th on Reedy Creek Road. In one of the recordings, an officer reports shots fired and says the suspect has been hit. In the same radio transmission, an officer also says Ferrell “was coming at” Kerrick. 

After examining these transmissions and police cruiser dashboard camera video, police later charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter. Police say he fired his weapon and hit Ferrell 10 times. 

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Crime
12:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Fiancee Of Shooting Victim Ferrell Wants CMPD To Release Dash-Cam Video

Caché Heidel, the fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, standing next to family attorney Christopher Chestnut, told reporters that she believes the dash-cam video would show that Ferrell's death was unjustified.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24-year-old man killed by a police officer last month, wants the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release a dash-cam video of the incident in which he was shot 10 times.

But CMPD says the decision to release the video is no longer theirs.

Caché Heidel spoke softly, looked uncomfortable and made clear that she did not want to be at the Ritz-Carlton uptown as reporters waited for her to speak.

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Crime
5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Officer's Attorney: Shooting Justified; CMPD Releases 911 Tape

Charlotte attorney Michael Greene, right, says he believes his client, CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, was justified in his shooting of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on September 14.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A CMPD officer charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting a man 10 times had his first court appearance on Tuesday. At the court hearing, the judge scheduled the next court date for the morning of October 7. Meanwhile, defense attorney Michael Greene says he believes officer Randall Kerrick was justified in his shooting.

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Local News
1:10 am
Tue September 17, 2013

CMPD Officer Fired 12 Times In Killing Of Unarmed Man

Georgia Ferrell clutches a stuffed animal belonging to her son Jonathan, 24, who was shot and killed by a CMPD officer on Saturday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer charged with involuntary voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man over the weekend is due in court this afternoon. CMPD says Officer Randall Kerrick used excessive force in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, firing his gun 12 times and striking Ferrell with ten of those bullets. An attorney for the Ferrell family calls the criminal charge "bold" and "unprecedented," but questions whether CMPD vets and trains its officers adequately.

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