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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):
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of a Charlotte police officer have been shown a graphic photo of the man he's accused of killing.
The bloody, frontal photo taken more than three hours after Jonathan Ferrell fell dead face-down in a ditch was passed around by jurors Wednesday as a homicide detective testified. Some only glanced briefly while others stared intently. Unlike other photos in the case, it was not shown to the public on an overhead screen.
Ferrell was shot as officer Randall Kerrick helped investigate a possible home invasion. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter.
The defense objected to the photo, saying a picture already shown of Ferrell's body face-down and handcuffed was enough. They also pointed out that some jurors watched as Ferrell's mother, fiancee and other family members left crying when the first photo of his body was shown Tuesday.
The judge warned family members to leave or stay calm Wednesday, and those who remained showed no reaction to descriptions of the photo.