Judge rules prosecutor can resubmit officer’s case

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE (AP) — A second grand jury will hear the case of a Charlotte police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man last year.
Judge Robert Bell rejected an attempt Monday by the officer’s lawyers to stop it.
Last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury last week refused to indict 27-year-old officer Randall Kerrick on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Attorney General Roy Cooper decided to send the case to another grand jury because the first grand jury was missing four members.
Kerrick’s lawyers argued prosecutors cannot resubmit a case.
But Bell says the law clearly allows it.
Investigators say Kerrick shot Jonathan Ferrell last September.
The former Florida A&M football player wrecked his car and went to a nearby house, apparently for help. Kerrick was the only responding officer who fired his gun.