Grand Jury Will Reconsider Case Against Cop Charged With Killing Unarmed College Football Player

Manslaughter charges against Randall Kerrick will be heard for a second time Monday. Update: The officer was indicted by a grand jury.

1. Charlotte, N.C., police officer Randall Kerrick will face his second grand jury within a week on charges related to the killing of a college football player, shot while seeking help after a car crash.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A grand jury initially decided not to charge Kerrick with involuntary manslaughter in the death of ex-Florida A&M University player Jonathan Ferrell. The prosecution resubmitted the charge, claiming that the grand jury was not at full strength last week because fewer than 18 members were present. Despite protests from the defense, a judge decided Monday that the case would be reconsidered.

3. On Sept. 14, 2013, Kerrick shot Ferrell 10 times while responding to a 911 call from a woman who claimed Ferrell was trying to break into her house around 2:30 a.m.

4. The woman was unaware that Ferrell was involved in an automobile accident and may have been seeking help. He was unarmed at the time he was shot.


Jonathan Ferrell’s car following the September crash in Charlotte, N.C. Ferrell was reportedly shot while seeking help after surviving the wreck.

5. The police statement on the incident said that Kerrick’s actions were “excessive.” He is free on $50,000 bond.

Charlotte Observer

6. The grand jury is expected to hear the charges against Kerrick for a second time on Monday.

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