Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of ex-FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell. He was later indicted for voluntary manslaughter, which carries a prison sentence of up to 11 years.
Rodney Moore, who was the Police Chief at the time of the incident, said Kerrick used excessive force and his arrest was warranted. The judge hearing the case, Robert Ervin, twice denied defense attorneys’ change of venue motions, saying a jury pool in a neighboring county would be as likely to have seen pretrial news coverage as one in Charlotte. They say interest in the case has increased because of the national debate about race and aggressive police tactics. Charlotte Observer attorney Jon Buchan had filed that motion.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Kerrick sat in court Monday morning as his attorneys and prosecutors worked out details.
Corbett and fellow barbers developed a program aimed at bringing members of the black community face-to-face with police officers to air their questions and concerns. He was the first police officer in Mecklenburg County charged in connection with an on-duty fatal shooting in more than 30 years.
Ferrell had pounded on the door of a home after his auto went off the road. The homeowner may have mistaken Ferrell for a burglar and called police. Ferrell was black and Kerrick is white.
“I am standing here speaking for my son”, Ferrell’s mother said.
“I think they’re going to try to profile Jonathan as an raging black man, as a thug, but they can’t”, he said.
NewsOne Now panelist Avis Jones DeWeever said there is absolutely “no excuse” for the shooting of Ferrell: “This needs to be a guilty verdict”. In May, the city of Charlotte agreed to pay Ferrell’s family $2.25 million in a civil settlement.