CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):
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.