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Kerrick trial still in need of jurors

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

As of Wednesday afternoon, no jurors had yet been picked in the Randall Kerrick trial. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell.

Kerrick, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer shot the unarmed black man ten times when responding to a home invasion call.

The prosecution spent Wednesday grilling prospective jurors with issues over how they regard those in law enforcement, and if they watch police shows like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Attorney Norman Butler, who has handled a number of high profile cases, says lawyers look for a common thread.

“Can they keep an open mind? Can they listen to all of the evidence? And, can they put aside any biases or prejudices they may have?” Butler asks.

While the officer is on trial, one courtroom observer says prosecution and defense attorneys may find themselves flipping the script.

Attorney Len Kornberg is calling it a case of role reversal.

Kornberg said, “The defense in this situation would want a probably pro-police juror, and therefore that’s a complete reversal of what you would normally see in a normal criminal trial."

At the end of the day, lawyers are looking for advocates in the jury box.

Butler has seen it as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney representing one of the alleged co-conspirators in the Rae Carruth case.

“You’re seeking somebody that’s going to be a team player based on the evidence as you show it to be,” Butler said.

One potential juror was excused at the end of the day.

The proceedings are scheduled to resume at 9:30 Thursday morning.

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