Justice for Jonathan Ferrell – Kerrick Takes The Stand
We are following the trial of Randall (Wes) Kerrick, charged with voluntary manslaughter for killing unarmed Jonathan Ferrell.
Yesterday, the defense called Kerrick to the witness stand. One of our participants, Bill Taylor, makes excellent observations and commented about the inconsistencies in defense witnesses’ testimonies.
Officer Little, who was on the scene and deployed his taser, testified that Jonathan was pacing erratically and said “Shoot me.” The dash cam video does not show Jonathan pacing erratically, nor saying “Shoot me.” The defense is taking the position that it happened before the dash cam was turned on. Randall Kerrick however, testified that he didn’t hear Jonathan say anything. A report on Little’s testimony is the first video below.
Kerrick testified that he wanted to be a police officer, but the requirements were that he either have experience or a college degree. He had neither. He was hired in animal patrol. He was not asked how long he worked in animal control, nor how that gave him experience as a police officer.
Kerrick testified that Jonathan met the description of the man reported for the “home break-in” although it has been determined that Jonathan did not, nor had intentions of breaking into the house that he went to after crashing his car.
Today, we anticipate that prosecutors will cross-examine Kerrick. If the defense has no further witnesses, it will rest. The prosecution might put on a rebuttal case. Closing arguments could be on Monday, and then it is up to the jury.