Homicide

Prosecutors say they won't seek retrial for white North Carolina officer who shot black man

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2015, file photo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick sits at the defense table during his manslaughter trial in Charlotte, N.C.  State attorneys on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, decided against retrying Kerrick, who shot and killed an unarmed black man after his trial ended in a deadlock last week. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2015, file photo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick sits at the defense table during his manslaughter trial in Charlotte, N.C. State attorneys on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, decided against retrying Kerrick, who shot and killed an unarmed black man after his trial ended in a deadlock last week. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

North Carolina state attorneys have decided against retrying a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man after his trial ended last week in a deadlock.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery told the Mecklenburg County district attorney Friday of the state's decision in the case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick. He had been accused of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former college football player.

The jury in the case deadlocked with an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, leading the judge to declare a mistrial.

Montgomery wrote to District Attorney Andrew Murray that state attorneys will submit dismissal papers to end the case. Montgomery says it's the prosecutors' "unanimous belief a retrial will not yield a different result."