(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a former North Carolina police officer accused of manslaughter in a 2013 shooting.
Randall Kerrick is accused of having fatally shot an unarmed ex-football player in what he called “a fight for my life,” that night. “As he charged towards, he got within arm’s reach and I discharged my firearm. … I didn’t know if he had a weapon on him at the time,” Kerrick said on the stand, according to the Charlotte Observer.
A jury deliberated for 19 hours and remained deadlocked after four tries. The judge asked whether going home for the weekend would assist the jury in reaching a decision. After the foreperson and jurors agreed that it would not, the state urged the judge to ask them to continue deliberations.
Instead, though, the judge sided with the defense, declaring a mistrial.
Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M University athlete, was disoriented and seeking assistance when he knocked on doors, according to testimony, after he had crashed his car following a night out with friends.
Kerrick was placed on unpaid suspension after the shooting.
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