Homicide

Mother of unarmed black man shot to death by white officer says she's still seeking justice

  • Protesters on Fourth Street block traffic and demand a retrial of former Charlotte policeman, Wes Kerrick, accused of killing an unarmed Jonathan Ferrell, after a mistrial was declared Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C.(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Protesters on Fourth Street block traffic and demand a retrial of former Charlotte policeman, Wes Kerrick, accused of killing an unarmed Jonathan Ferrell, after a mistrial was declared Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C.(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Willie Ferrell and his mother, Georgia, listen as their family attorney, Christopher Chestnut talk with reporters about the mistrial in the case of Charlotte policeman Wes Kerrick accused of killing their brother and son, Jonathan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, outside the courthouse in Charlotte, N.C.(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Willie Ferrell and his mother, Georgia, listen as their family attorney, Christopher Chestnut talk with reporters about the mistrial in the case of Charlotte policeman Wes Kerrick accused of killing their brother and son, Jonathan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, outside the courthouse in Charlotte, N.C.(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protester Derek Strother shouts with others outside of the Mecklenburg courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick's trial, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of unarmed African American, Jonathan Ferrell in Sept. 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Protester Derek Strother shouts with others outside of the Mecklenburg courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick's trial, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of unarmed African American, Jonathan Ferrell in Sept. 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

Georgia Ferrell says she's still seeking justice after a jury couldn't unanimously decide the fate of a white North Carolina police officer accused in the 2013 shooting death of her son, an unarmed black motorist.

"I've got to keep fighting," Ferrell said outside a courthouse late Friday afternoon after she heard a judge declare a mistrial in the voluntary manslaughter case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick. "We must get justice."

A racially diverse jury of eight women and four men deliberated over four days. It took four votes without reaching unanimous agreement in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player.

Prosecutors must now decide if they want to try Kerrick a second time. Kerrick's defense lawyers had no comment afterward.