The Latest: Crime scene photos introduced in officer's trial

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Posted: Aug 04, 2015 4:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have spent hours introducing dozens of crime scene photos and questioning the people who collected evidence after a white Charlotte police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man who was looking for help after crashing his car.

The photos from the shooting scene introduced Tuesday at officer Randall Kerrick's trial showed Jonathan Ferrell's body, shell casings, a Taser and other items. The photos from the crash showed Ferrell's shoes and cellphone on the floorboard, a pocketknife, the cap to a beer bottle and other items strewn about.

The evidence will likely build the foundation for the prosecution's case that Kerrick overreacted when he encountered the 24-year-old black former Florida A&M football player in a suburban Charlotte neighborhood.

The defense also asked questions to help support its contention that Ferrell charged Kerrick and two other officers before they could figure out what was going on and then tried to grab Kerrick's gun after he was shot.

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10:30 a.m.

Paramedics who treated Charlotte officer Randall Kerrick after he fatally shot an unarmed black man have testified that they noted swelling on his jaw and a small cut inside his cheek.

Kerrick shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, who was looking for help after crashing his car in a Charlotte suburb in September 2013.

Paramedics testified Tuesday, the second day of Kerrick's trial. They say they first checked Ferrell, who was shot 10 times, and declared him dead. They say they then checked a sweaty and pale Kerrick, who mumbled that he had been hit but didn't give specifics.

Kenneth Phillips testified that the swelling on Kerrick's cheek was in the same spot as the cut on the inside of his mouth and that he saw a little dried blood on Kerrick's lips.

A defense attorney suggested Kerrick was punched or hit. A prosecutor suggested he bit his cheek.

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