North Carolina Cop on Trial for Shooting Man Seeking Help After Car Crash

North Carolina Cop on Trial for Shooting Man Seeking Help After Car Crash

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A Charlotte, North Carolina, cop is on trial for voluntary manslaughter after killing a man who was looking for police assistance after a traffic accident. Newly released dashcam footage played for the jury gave a glimpse of what happened.

Officer Randall Kerrick, 28, who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, on Sept. 14, 2013, just before 3 AM, is facing up to 11 years in prison if he is found guilty.

On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, jurors were shown photos of Ferrell’s body. He was hit with ten out of the 12 bullets Kerrick fired, and was then put face down and handcuffed in a ditch for hours. Because the front of his body was left pressed against the pavement for so long, his face had reportedly become distorted.

Supervisors had reportedly ordered that nobody move the body until all evidence was collected.

“The picture is being shown solely for the purpose of evoking sympathy, not to educate the jury,” the officer’s lawyer Michael Greene said.

Prosecutors also played dashcam footage from the cruiser of Officer Adam Neal. The video did not show the shooting, but had full audio.

In the footage, Ferrell is seen running out of view as he or another officer yells “get on the ground!”

Immediately after, four shots are fired, then eight more as someone continues yelling for Ferrell to get on the ground. The encounter lasted about five seconds.

Dashcam footage from two other vehicles is expected to be played during the trial.

The defense claims that Ferrell charged officers before they could figure out what was going on, and that he tried to grab Kerrick’s gun after he was shot.

Officers were called to the scene after a woman called the police to report that a man had been banging on her door. He was seeking help after a bad car accident.

The city of Charlotte settled with the family for $2.25 million before the criminal trial began.

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