Transcript for Charlotte Officer Faces Charges for Shooting Unarmed Man 12 Times
The trial by North Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man looking for help after a car accident. The officer charged with voluntary manslaughter and lawyers say he was acting in self-defense and Mara schiavocampo is here with the story. Good morning, Mara. Reporter: Good morning, the victim a former college athlete who moved to the area to be closer to his fiancee. During the trial the jury is expected to finally see the telling dash cam video which has never been released to the public. This morning, Charlotte police officer Randall Kerrick faces a jury and voluntary manslaughter charges accused of shooting and killing former Florida A&M scholarship football player Jonathan Ferrell in 2013. Four shots in rapid succession when Jonathan is ten feet away. Reporter: During opening statements prosecutors say the officer who is white used excessive force in shooting the unarmed african-american 24-year-old ten times. Police say Ferrell had just crashed his car when he went to a nearby home for help at 2:30 in the morning. Alarming the homeowner who called police. The 911 tape played in court. There is a guy breaking in my front door. There's a guy breaking in your front door? Yeah, he's trying to kick it down. Reporter: On the stand explaining she shout he was trying to break in and she was all alone with her young child and was terrified. Is he still in the house? Did he leave yet? He's not in the house. He's in the front yard yelling. Oh, my god, please. Reporter: While Ferrell's fiancee testified he wasn't an aggressive person, the defense painting a different picture claiming earlier that day, Ferrell argued with his fiancee, smoked marijuana and that when police responded he charged them. His own bad choices leading to his death. This case is not about race. It never was. Reporter: Kerrick has pleaded not guilty. If convicted he faces three to 11 years in prison. He's been unpaid suspension since the shooting. Amy. Mara, thanks so much.
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