Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Randall Kerrick on voluntary manslaughter charges, in the death of former FAMU football player, Jonathan Ferrell, The grand jury stated that there wasn’t enough evidence for voluntary manslaughter and asked the state attorney general’s to refile the case with lesser charges.
The Mecklenburg County Grand Jury is made up of 18 jurors. Court officials said last Tuesday, 14 members of the jury were in the session. North Carolina law says at least 12-members of the grand jury must agree with a decision for it to pass.
Yesterday, the grand jury indicted Randall Kerrick on voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of unarmed Ferrell. According to WXII12, the indictment was handed down within hours after a judge ruled that Attorney General Roy Cooper could resubmit the case.
Twenty-four-year old Jonathan Ferrell, a former football player at FAMU, was shot dead last September as he “ran towards” police officer Randall Kerrick in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ferrell, who was in a car accident, had sought help in the early hours of Saturday by knocking on the door of a nearby house. The occupant of the house, a woman, assumed it was her husband and opened the door, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Rodney Monroe.
“To her surprise it was a person she did not know or recognize. She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm and called 911,” said Monroe.
Police arrived to find a man matching the caller’s description a short distance from the home.
Ferrell then ran towards them, and was hit by a taser fired by another officer, Thornell Little, according to the statement.
Ferrell continued to approach officers after Little had fired his weapon, police added. It was then that Kerrick opened fire, shooting multiple times.
Kerrick now faces a sentence of up to 11 years.