Charlotte Police Officer Indicted On Voluntary Manslaughter

4:49 PM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) --  A grand jury has indicted CMPD officer Randall Kerrick in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

It's the second time in a week Kerrick's case went before a grand jury, but this time it ended with different results.

This is what prosecutors and Jonathan Ferrell's family have been seeking -- A true bill of indictment for involuntary manslaughter with 14 grand jurors agreeing with the charge, and agreeing this should move on in Superior Court.

Four witnesses testified or presented evidence to the grand jury, including two CMPD police officers and two SBI investigators.

It was a different grand jury that the one last week, which chose not to indict officer Kerrick hearing after hearing from two witnesses and seeing some evidence. That grand jury not only didn't indict, but asked prosecutors to consider a lesser charge.

That led to Monday's court battle with Kerrick's attorneys, who tried to prevent a second grand jury from hearing the case, saying, "Just because prosecutors didn't like the answer doesn't mean they should get a do-over."

Prosecutors say nothing in state law prevents them from re-submitting the case, and the judge agreed Monday morning. The case then went before the second grand jury.

Roughly five hours later, members indicted Kerrick.

Indictments are typical. Last week, Kerrick was the only person not indicted out of 277 cases before the grand jury.

The Attorney General's Office issued the following statement following the indictment.

The Mecklenburg County Grand Jury today indicted Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Randall Kerrick on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the September 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

The grand jury came to its decision after hearing evidence from the State Bureau of Investigation and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, which had filed the original charges.

The Special Prosecutors in the Attorney General's Office will continue to handle this case in the court system.

Read: Charlotte Police Officer Charged In Unarmed Man's Death

Most Watched Videos