Investigative file on Kerrick case must be handed over, says Judge

Several new details emerged in both the criminal and civil cases against Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick. Kerrick is accused of shooting Jonathan Ferrell ten times last year.

Attorneys for both sides met to update the federal judge hearing the civil lawsuit. The lawsuit names Kerrick, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Chief Rodney Monroe.

Kerrick faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Ferrell was unarmed and seeking help in a neighborhood after crashing his car.

Judge Graham Mullen ordered the City to turn over several thousand pages of documents, including interviews and statements by Kerrick, to the Ferrell family attorney.

Charles Monnett, III, representing the Ferrell family said he was pleased with the judge's order. Monnett was also told he could depose, or interview, Chief Rodney Monroe, and then County Manager Dena Diorio.

The County is trying to remove itself from the lawsuit, claiming there is no cause because the County does not oversee the police department.

Criminal defense attorneys for Kerrick also said they have been told a trial is not expected until the last half of 2015, according to the Attorney General's Office.

The night of the shooting, a neighbor called 911, after mistakenly thinking that Ferrell was trying to break into her house in the overnight hours.

Kerrick and three officers responded to the suspicious activity call and encountered Ferrell. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Kerrick fired his gun 12 times, striking Ferrell ten times.

The Special Deputy Attorney General prosecuting the case has filed documents relating to the exchange of discovery, or evidence in the case, between the state and Kerrick's defense team.

Already more than 7,000 pages of documents have been turned over to Kerrick's defense team of George Laughrun and Michael Greene. Now those documents will be turned over to the Ferrell family attorney, as well, in the civil case.

There are 44 compact discs showing Ferrell's crash photos, his Iphone records, 911 radio traffic, and video of Kerrick's walk shot.

There's also CMPD's DMVR recording, or what's commonly referred to as the dash cam.

The documents also describe at least two searches, or seizures of evidence. One of them required a search warrant, which tells us permission was not granted for the search, possibly by Kerrick.

The state also wants no surprises. Prosecutors requested a guaranteed disclosure of Kerrick's defense strategy before a trial starts. His attorneys have said the shooting was justified.

For example, prosecutors want a list of all witnesses, experts and experiments which could come up in court.

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