CMPD Officer Randall Wesley Kerrick will not face a second trial. The North Carolina Attorney General's Office says interviews with jurors in the first trial offer little hope of a conviction. Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell in 2013. Ferrell was unarmed and shot ten times after encountering police following a traffic accident. Dash cam video showed Ferrell running toward officers and was a key piece of evidence in the first trial which ended in hung jury last week. Starting on WBTV First at 4:00 we'll have reaction to today's decision and WBTV's Steve Crump is in Raleigh to talk to Attorney General Roy Cooper about the decision.
The WBTV First Alert Weather Team is busy this afternoon tracking the progress of Tropical Storm Erika. Will it bring us some needed rain? The next advisory comes in at 5 p.m. so tune in to WBTV News at 5:00.
Students are wrapping up their first week of school and some districts are still working out some major kinks. We're hearing there is a bus driver shortage in Gaston County. Where "On Your Side" asking school leaders to explain what is happening. You'll see the story on WBTV News at 5:30.
Coming up tonight at 6:00 WBTV's David Whisenant remembers the days following Hurricane Katrina. David went to the coast to check on family after the storm hit and what he saw remains very vivid in his mind today.
Football is also a big story today. The Panthers are home to take on the Super Bowl Champs and it is week two of Football Friday Night. The marquee match up pits national power Mallard Creek against local rival Butler. Delano Little will have a preview.
It's a busy Friday, we'll see starting First at 4:00.