Judge says experts can testify in Charlotte officer's trial

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A judge in Charlotte has ruled that experts will be allowed to testify in the trial of a white police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man nearly two years ago.

Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin said Thursday he would allow experts to testify on polices and training of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Ervin also said he will allow expert testimony on basic law enforcement training standards.

But Ervin said experts will not be allowed testify whether they think Randall Kerrick broke the law when he shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013.

Kerrick is accused of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting.

Ervin is considering whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom when the trial starts Monday.

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