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Second grand jury indicts CMPD officer for voluntary manslaughter

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CHARLOTTE -- A second grand jury has heard the case of CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick and indicted him for voluntary manslaughter.

Kerrick is accused of shooting and killing 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, who was unarmed, 10 times last September.

A grand jury decided last week they could not indict the officer, but the attorney general's office decided to present the evidence a second time.

A 14-member panel heard the case this morning. Four witnesses testified and the panel decided to indict him shortly before 4 p.m. on the charges.

Because it was a closed trial, it is unknown whether or not the grand jury saw the dash cam video from the morning of the shooting.

This morning the lawyers for Officer Kerrick tried to stop the attorney general from submitting the case to a grand jury for a second time.

However, that motion was denied.

The attorney general's office released a statement saying:

"The grand jury came to its decision after hearing evidence from the State Bureau of Investigation and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, which filed the original charges. The Special Prosecutors in the Attorney General's Office will continue to handle this case in the court system."

Following Kerrick's indictment, Ferrell's attorney said he expects a long trial with many tough days ahead for both sides.

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