A North Carolina jury has refused to prosecute the Charlotte police officer who shot an unarmed man to death, saying that there isn’t enough evidence, NBC News reports.
According to the news site, the grand jurors requested that the state attorney general re-file Randall Kerrick’s case with lesser charges, after concluding there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the man for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot 10 times.
Prosecutors intend to immediately resubmit the case. However, it was revealed shortly after teh announcement that not all of the jurors were present for the decision.
There were no reasons given for why the grand jury voted with fewer than 18 members present.
Kerrick, who has been a member of Charlotte’s police force for three years, shot Ferrell 10 times following a confrontation in September 2013. The officer has been on unpaid leave since the incident. He is now looking to the grand jury’s decision with new hope.
His attorney, George Laughrun, told the Charlotte Observer that he “feels like the weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders,” NBC News notes.
“He’s extremely relieved that the grand jury members saw fit to keep an open mind and not listen to all the propaganda on all the things he did wrong,” Laughrun said.
His police department wasn’t as supportive of the decision, denouncing his actions as “excessive.”