Jury resumes deliberations in Kerrick trial

Jury deliberates fate of CMPD officer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In closing arguments Tuesday, the prosecution and the defense tried to paint the picture of what exactly happened in September of 2013 when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick and Jonathan Ferrell crossed paths.

Both sides showed the jury the dash cam video from the night of the shooting.

Prosecutors tried to convince jurors that it was obvious Ferrell was not armed and that Kerrick used excessive force when he shot him 10 times.

"He had enough time to reholster that weapon and transition to taser, his baton, his spray, because he's a well-trained officer," said Adrian Harris, state prosecutor.

"If the police could shoot everyone who walks up to them, even within three feet of them, not knowing if they have a weapon, we'd have a lot more dead people," said Teresa Postell, state prosecutor

Defense Attorney George Laughrun argued the video showed Ferrell was a threat even if he was later found to be unarmed.

"Unarmed does not mean un-dangerous," Laughrun said, "The fact that no weapon was found, doesn't matter. You can still be a danger to a person without having a weapon," said Laughrun.

From the beginning, the case has had racial undertones. The victim is a black man; the officer is a white man.

But the defense says that should not play into the jury's decision.

"This case is not about several things, folks. It's not about race. And that statement Mr. Harris read for you about the great Dr. Martin Luther King is an attempt to play the race card and there's no business for race in this case. Period," added Laughrun.

The jury continued deliberations Wednesday morning at 9:30.


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