Defense asks for new venue in police shooting of unarmed man

AP News
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 10:14 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for a former North Carolina police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed former college football player want his trial held in another county.

In motions filed by attorney George Laughrun in Mecklenburg County on Friday, they also asked for witnesses to be sequestered and for the jury to be brought to the shooting site.

The attorneys say it's unlikely Randall Kerrick can get a fair trial in the county because of extensive media coverage that they said would prejudice jurors.

Laughrun also filed a motion to allow the jury to see the site where investigators say Kerrick fatally shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, on Sept. 14, 2013.

A grand jury refused to indict Kerrick in early 2014, but the case was resubmitted. A second grand jury indicted him.