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A Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer on voluntary manslaughter charges in the deadly shooting of an unarmed man.

27 Jan

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a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer on voluntary manslaughter charges in the deadly shooting of an unarmed man.

The decision comes one week after a separate grand jury rejected the indictment.

Randall Kerrick is charged with shooting and killing an unarmed man, Jonathan Ferrell, in September.

Channel 9 reporter Mark Becker noticed the prosecutors from the state’s attorney general’s office had promised to bring more witnesses to testify to Monday’s grand jury, and the indictment shows that there were in fact four witnesses Monday — two from the police department and two from the State Bureau of Investigation. Last week there were only two witnesses.

The state attorney general’s office sent out a brief statement saying that the grand jury has indicted Kerrick.

Channel 9 tried to reach Kerrick’s attorneys for their response, but have not heard back.

Ferrell’s family made a statement after the decision came down.

“Of course it makes us feel good. It also makes us feel good that people are still praying and more people continue to pray, as long as they (are) praying for the right reasons. That’s all that really matters. And we’re just happy that so many people are being touching and praying for our family and for other matters that’s going around,” the family said.

Channel 9 is asking a legal analyst where the case goes from here and what two trips to the grand jury are likely to mean for the case.

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