Judge Puts Kerrick Civil Lawsuit on Hold

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CHARLOTTE, NC – A judge partially granted a motion to put a Civil lawsuit against CMPD Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick, the city, and police department on hold for 60 days.

City attorneys wanted the case delayed until after Kerrick’s criminal trial. While a federal judge wasn’t willing to do that, he did give attorneys more time to make sure Kerrick doesn’t incriminate himself.

“We would like 12 people to walk in with an unbiased mind because as he sits here, Officer Kerrick is innocent until he’s proven guilty,” says Kerrick’s attorney Michael Greene.
 
Kerrick is facing voluntary manslaughter charges in the death of Jonathan Ferrell.
 
Last September, Ferrell crashed his car in East Charlotte, and apparently went looking for help. Officers say Ferrell charged at them and Kerrick shot him 10 times.
 
Attorneys for the Ferrell family will have access to Kerrick’s deposition and dash cam video from the scene. They will also be allowed to take depositions from the other two officers who responded that night.
 
“It looks like he’s going to let us go forward with some of what we’d like to do,” says Ferrell family attorney Charles Monnett.
 
CMPD attorney Mark Newbold says even though that evidence will have to be turned over, he’s pleased with the ruling.
 
“We understand the court’s position and we’ll comply with the courts orders,” Newbold says.