CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More experts and police officers are expected to testify for the defense in the trial of a suspended North Carolina police officer accused in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick, who is white, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death in September 2013 of Jonathan Ferrell, who was black.
Testimony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. It was cut 30 minutes short Wednesday after a defense witness wasn't available.
So far, the defense has attempted to show how conflicts have arisen in how Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trained. But a defense witness testified Wednesday that lethal force should be a last resort when a suspect doesn't have a weapon visible to officers.