$2.25 Million to the Family of Jonathan Ferrell
The City of Charlotte, North Carolina, has agreed to a settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell.
Jonathan, a 24-year-old former football player at Florida A&M University, wrecked his Toyota Camry in a subdivision northwest of Charlotte sometime after 2 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2013. It is presumed that he went looking for help, as a woman called 911 and reported that someone was knocking and kicking on her door. Jonathan walked away from the house back to his car, and three officers showed up. One officer, Randall Kerrick, pulled his gun and fired 12 shots, 10 of which hit Ferrell. Most recently reported is that the other two officers, both Black, did not draw their weapons.
Georgia Ferrell, Jonathan’s mother, said that the family will now turn their attention to the voluntary manslaughter trial of officer Randall Kerrick. It is scheduled to being July 20, 2015.
Kerrick’s defense lawyer, Monroe Whitesides, asked the court to dismiss the case. He alleges that the lab destroyed Jonathan’s blood samples before they were able to have it independently tested for drugs. The court is scheduled to rule on that motion today.
Earlier in the case, Kerrick’s attorneys asked for a change of venue. His lawyer, Michael Greene, brought up Ferguson and Baltimore, asking Judge Robert Ervin to take it all into account as to whether Kerrick can get an unprejudiced jury in Mecklenburg County, N.C. The judge denied the motion to change venue.