A mistrial has been declared in the trial of Randall Kerrick, who was tried for voluntary manslaughter in the killing of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell.
Today was the fourth day of jury deliberations. The jury earlier told the judge that they were deadlocked, but that discussions after lunch had been productive.
At about 4:15 EST, the jury reported that it was still deadlocked at 8-4, and Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin declared a mistrial.
It is not yet known whether prosecutors will seek to try the case again nor how many jurors voted guilty or not guilty.
This is a developing story and we will keep it updated in the comment section.
As a side note, Adobe Flash continues to crash on my computer freezing it, and I’m experiencing where typing a sentence results in letters not where I typed them. I’m going to try to work these problems out so I can get back to doing what I love — writing for the blog.
We are following the trial of Randall (Wes) Kerrick the Charlotte/Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell.
Closing arguments are scheduled for today. It will be live streamed. I’ve found conflicting times. Court Chatter has their live stream scheduled for 8:30 a.m. A news source reports that closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. EST.
The link to court chatter is http://www.courtchatter.com/#!randall-kerrick-trial-stream-1/c6ga.
Some live streams have horrible sound, so I will continue to look to see if other sources are live streaming. If anyone else finds another source, please post the link in comments. Read the rest of this entry
We are following the trial of Randall (Wes) Kerrick, an officer with the Charlotte/Mecklenburg, NC police department, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter for killing Jonathan Ferrel.
The videos below include a recap of the case, a portion Kerrick’s testimony last week, and the prosecutor’s cross-examination questioning his inconsistencies.
If you’re interested in what has been covered of the trial already, please use the search on the right-side border for “Jonathan Ferrell.”
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. Read the rest of this entry
Suspended without pay, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall (Wes) Kerrick is on trial for killing unarmed Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. He is charged with voluntary manslaughter and if convicted, faces up to 11 years in prison.
Yesterday, the prosecution rested with a powerful witness. Captain Mike Campagna of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department testified. Captain Campagna formerly handled training for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Captain Campagna began his testimony by showing the jury how a taser works and when officers should and should not use it. Read the rest of this entry
Check-in here for the latest up-dates to the Randall (Wes) Kerrick trial, the cop charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Jonathan Ferrell . Yahtzee did a fantastic job keeping us up-to-date last week.
There has been some controversy over the dash cam video that was shown to the jury last week. We must keep in mind that the grand jury saw that video and indicted Kerrick. If videos show that the officer had reason to open fire, then there would be no need for the officer to give a report that misrepresents what is seen on video. Read the rest of this entry
Yahtzee has been doing a great job keeping us up-to-date with jury selection and today’s proceeding in the trial of former police officer Randall (Wes) Kerrick. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013.
We will use this post to follow the trial. The court is not allowing live stream from the courtroom. Some sources are releasing videos with portions of the trial at the end of each day’s proceeding. WSOC-TV has a special section covering the trial. There is a press room where reporters can observe the courtroom. Read the rest of this entry
Randall Kerrick, former officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C. police department, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of 24- year old Jonathan Ferrell. The Root reports 5 things we need to know.
- Jonathan Ferrell was unarmed and looking for help. Around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2013, Ferrell’s car ran off the entrance road into a suburban neighborhood just 15 miles from downtown Charlotte and crashed into some trees. Authorities believe that immediately after the crash, Ferrell climbed out the car’s back window to seek help. He knocked on the door of a nearby home. A female homeowner answered the door, thinking it was her husband returning home from work. Upon seeing Ferrell, she closed the door and called 911.
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. Read the rest of this entry
In September 2013, 24-year old Jonathan Ferrell had a car accident. After crashing his car into trees, Ferrell kicked out the back window of the vehicle and headed up a hill to the first set of houses he could see. He went to a house where the occupant called police reporting a breaking and entering. When the police arrived, Ferrell had walked back to his car and was shot 10 times by Charlotte, NC officer Randall Kerrick. Kerrick was arrested. Read the rest of this entry