CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The defense team for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick filed a motion Monday to stay the civil proceedings.
A grand jury indicted Kerrick in late-January in the shooting death of former FAMU football player, Jonathan Ferrell. Kerrick was indicted on the charge of voluntary manslaughter.
In the motion filed Monday, Kerrick's defense team asks the court to stay the civil proceedings, filed by Ferrell's family, until the conclusion of the criminal case.
The motion states the stay would "promote judicial economy and protect Officer Kerrick's Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself", and that the facts of both cases are "substantially the same".
Ferrell crashed his car in northeast Mecklenburg the day of the shooting in September 2012, police said. His family’s attorney says he looked for help at a home about one-quarter mile away.
A woman who saw him at the door thought he was a robber and dialed 911.
Kerrick was joined by Officers Thornell Little and Adam Neal. Kerrick, a third-year officer, was the least experienced of the three. Kerrick confronted Ferrell and fired 12 shots, 10 of which struck Ferrell, police said.