Attorneys of Former CMPD Officer ask for Dismissal in Manslaughter Case

Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick was indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of Ferrell, a former FAMU football player.
Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick was indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of Ferrell, a former FAMU football player.

Attorneys representing Randall Kerrick, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who's been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, have asked for all charges to be dismissed.

Kerrick's lawyers write in their motion that charges should be dismissed due to "discovery violations."

The seven-page motion goes into detail stating all evidence in the case was not preserved, that in fact, some evidence was destroyed.

The filed document states blood samples from Ferrell sent to a lab did not test him for specific drugs they wanted testing for.

The lab where the blood samples were sent could only store the evidence for a certain period of time. Although a motion was filed to preserve the evidence for a longer time, defense attorneys believe the evidence was destroyed "because cmpd officials did not order its preservation or make any arrangements for its' return."

It goes on to state CMPD officer on the scene believed Ferrell was "on something" the night of the shooting based on his behavior.

That behavior is described as being in a "zombie state."

Kerrick's attorneys believe if that blood was tested for drugs or not destroyed, it could help have helped him in his case.

The trial date is set for July 20th.





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