• Randall 'Wes' Kerrick ready to move forward, attorney says

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charges will be dismissed against CMPD officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick, the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Friday.

    Two months before the trial started, the city of Charlotte settled with the Ferrell family in a wrongful death lawsuit.

    The city paid out $2.5 million in the case. The city paid $2 million, and liability insurance covered the rest. The agreement contained no admission of fault.

    Kerrick’s attorney George Laughrun spoke to Channel 9 reporter Mark Becker about the decision not to retry the case.

    Laughrun told Becker they had no advanced warning from the Attorney General’s Office that they had decided not to retry the case.

    “My first call was actually from you (Becker) letting me know that that may happen,” Laughrun said.

    Two years after the case began, Laughrun was able to tell Kerrick it was finally over.

    “I talked to him briefly and he was obviously thrilled with the news. (He was) a little suspect because of what happened with the grand jury when they didn't indict him, but he is ready to obviously move on,” Laughrun said.

    But Kerrick is not completely in the clear just yet. CMPD has suspended him without pay and was trying to fire him.

    CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said they haven’t decided yet if they will pursue their internal investigation.

    Laughrun said Kerrick and his defense team haven’t thought about their next steps either.

    But he has thought about the impact the decision to dismiss Kerrick's charges may have on the community.

    “There's going to be a lot of tears and a lot of sighs, and a lot of people aren't going to be happy but I think the people ought to respect the trial jury who heard all the evidence and deliberated for 20 some hours,” Laughrun said. “I hope people can respect their decision and Charlotte can heal and move on.”

    CMPD Internal Affairs will conduct an investigation to determine if Kerrick followed all department policies and procedures.


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