DA asks state to handle NC police shooting case

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Posted: Sep 19, 2013 1:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A district attorney is asking North Carolina's attorney general to handle the prosecution of a police officer charged with the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

Authorities say Jonathan Ferrell was shot 10 times by officer Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick after being involved in a single-car wreck. Police have said Ferrell may have been seeking help when he went to a home and knocked on the door, prompting a woman to call 911 because she thought he was trying to break in.

Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in Ferrell's death.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Thursday he's requested state help to ensure public confidence in the integrity and fairness of the judicial process.

Before being elected district attorney, Murray was a partner in the law firm representing Kerrick.