By Steven Gaither, Web Producer/Digital Journalist - email
Nearly four months after the shooting of an unarmed man put the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in the national spotlight, the officer involved in the shooting is closer to standing trial. North Carolina State Attorney General Roy Cooper announced on Monday that his office has agreed to handle the case against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick.
Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell on Sept. 14, 2013. Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, had been in a car accident and was seeking help from police when he was shot multiple times by Kerrick. Kerrick was one of three officers who arrived at the scene after neighbors in the 7500 block or Reedy Road called police after Ferrell knocked on their doors looking for assistance.
“Following an investigation by the SBI and a legal review by the Attorney General’s Office of both that investigation and the investigation conducted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, we have decided to take the case before the Mecklenburg County Grand Jury to seek an indictment on the charge of voluntary manslaughter,” Cooper said in a release issued by his office.
The Attorney General’s prosecutors will present their evidence to the Grand Jury on Tuesday, January 21. If the Grand Jury returns a true bill of indictment, Cooper’s office will move forward to prosecute Kerrick.