going above and beyond
- Jun 18, 2004
- retired computer geek
A North Carolina grand jury declined Tuesday to indict a Charlotte police officer who killed an unarmed man by shooting him 10 times last year.
In a handwritten note, Mecklenburg County grand jurors said there wasn’t enough evidence to indict Officer Randall Kerrick, 28, for voluntary manslaughter and asked the state attorney general’s to refile the case with lesser charges.
But prosecutors immediately said they would resubmit the case after they learned that not all of the grand jurors were present for the decision. They didn’t specify whether they would stick to the original voluntary manslaughter charge or would seek lesser charges.
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, in an undated photo provided by Florida A&M University, where he played college football.
No explanation for why the grand jury voted with fewer than 18 members — 12 of whom must agree — was offered.
Kerrick, a three-year veteran of the Charlotte force, shot Jonathan Ferrell, 24, 10 times in a confrontation in September. Ferrell had crashed his car and staggered to a nearby home for help. Kerrick has been on unpaid leave ever since.