Officer Adam Neal returned to the witness stand for more cross-examination Thursday and was questioned about his written statement on the night that fellow officer Randall Kerrick fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell.
The defense focused on what Neal wrote and told Charlotte-Mecklenberg investigators about what he saw at the scene of the shooting two years ago.
Neal testified that he heard Kerrick tell Ferrell to get down, but that Ferrell was coming at the officer "hard and fast." He said he saw a Taser fired at Ferrell, but said that either the Taser missed or Ferrell fought through it. He recalled wondering if Ferrell was "on bath salts or mushrooms."
On redirect, Neal told prosecutors that he didn't draw his own weapon and never thought about pulling it. He said he would have opted to put Ferrell in a sleeper hold instead.
A forensic pathologist is testifying in graphic detail about the 10 bullet wounds suffered by an unarmed black man who was shot to death by a Charlotte police officer now on trial for voluntary manslaughter.
But unlike earlier this week when photos of Jonathan Ferrell were shown in the Mecklenburg County courtroom where officer Randall Kerrick is being tried, a deputy turned off the monitor over the witness stand Thursday. Only Dr. Thomas Owens and the jurors seated nearby were able to see the autopsy photos.
The monitor was turned off after attorneys for both sides in the case huddled with the judge.
Owens said that of the 10 wounds, nine entered Ferrell's torso. He said the 10th went into Ferrell's left arm and partially exited. He said Ferrell's survival instincts might have kicked in after the first shots, which could explain why the first few bullets might not have stopped him.