A grand jury in North Carolina has decided not to indict a Charlotte police officer who shot and killed a former college athlete who was seeking help after his car crashed last year.
Randall Kerrick, 28, was charged in September for the death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, who was unarmed. Ferrell, a former a Florida A&M football player, had crashed his car and staggered to a nearby home for help. During a dispute with police, Kerrick shot Ferrell 10 times, Gawker reports.
According to NBC News, the state Attorney General’s office presented evidence Tuesday to a grand jury, who decided not to indict the officer on the charge of voluntary manslaughter, but asked the prosecutor to file the case again with lesser charges.
Attorney General Roy Cooper issued a statement Tuesday saying his office would resubmit the case to a full grand jury after learning that the decision was made by a partial grand jury, according to The Huffington Post.
“Today, our prosecutors learned that the grand jury that considered the indictment on charges of voluntary manslaughter was less than a full panel,” Cooper said. “It would be in the best interest of justice to resubmit this case to a full grand jury, which we plan to do as soon as possible.”
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department declared Kerrick’s actions excessive, and supported the more serious charge against the officer.
Ferrell’s family filed a wrongful-death suit, noting that an autopsy showing a downward trajectory by most of the bullets proved that he was already on his knees or already on the ground when Kerrick opened fire.