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, 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.”
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