Ferrell's fianceé says CMPD promised to release dashcam video

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The fiancée of a man killed by a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer said she is still struggling to come to terms with his death.

Cache Heidel also joined the fight Tuesday to get dashcam video of that night made public.

"I still cry all the time," said Cache Heidel, with tears in her eyes. "It takes a lot for me to keep it together at work."

She said she thinks about her fiancée Jonathan Ferrell every day.

"I think it was unjustified what happened to him that night."

It's been more than a month since Ferrell was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick.

Since then, Eyewitness News has told you that Chris Chestnut, the Ferrell family attorney, has asked for the dash cam video from the night of the shooting.

"The administration promised us the dash cam and we're asking them to honor their promise," said Chestnut.

Heidel said a 911 call released to the media from that night, paints her fiancé in a bad light and dash cam video would help present balance.

"It kind of criminalizes John saying he was trying to break in the house that he was a burglar, when he was trying to find help. I don't understand why they would release the 911 tape and not the video."

CMPD sent Eyewitness News a statement saying the video is not public record and they won't release it when there is an open and pending criminal case.

Charlotte defense attorney Rob Corbett said releasing that video could impact the case.

"You don't want your potential jury pool to be tainted or to already have formed an opinion because they have seen or had access to this video."

The North Carolina attorney general is handling this case. A spokesman from that office said Wednesday that the SBI is still investigating.


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