Trial of Charlotte officer accused of hitting, killing pedestrian set to begin

The crash happened on East Morehead Street near the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in July 2017.
CMPD officer Philip Barker was reportedly driving up to 100 mph in a 35 mph zone when he struck and killed James Short.
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 5:18 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The trial of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian more than five years ago is set to get underway Monday.

The crash happened on East Morehead Street near the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in July 2017.

CMPD officer Phillip Barker was reportedly driving up to 100 mph in a 35 mph zone when he struck and killed James Short.

Barker was in a marked patrol car on his way to a different crash scene at 3:30 a.m. when he allegedly hit Short.

The 28-year-old Central Piedmont Community College student was walking across Morehead Street against the traffic light when the crash happened.

Autopsy results show Short’s blood alcohol was about three times the legal limit.

Barker is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle.

At one point, prosecutors offered to reduce involuntary manslaughter for a guilty plea to misdemeanor death by vehicle.

In 2019, the city of Charlotte paid $950,000 to Short’s family.

If convicted of all charges, Barker faces a maximum sentence of more than five years in prison.

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