Trial Update: Prosecution Finishes Cross-Examination Of Kerrick
Update 6 p.m.
Prosecutors cross-examined CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for three hours Friday. It was a tense day of testimony in which prosecutors tried to paint Kerrick as someone who can’t be trusted. For example, Kerrick turned his dashcam off when he arrived at the house where a 911 call had been made reporting a possible burglary.
Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Postell pointed out that Kerrick was responding to a Priority 1 call in the neighborhood where he fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell.
Update 1:15 p.m.
Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Postell pressed Randall Kerrick about earlier testimony in which he said Jonathan Ferrell was 3-5 feet away when shooting began. She pointed out that Kerrick originally told detectives he first shot Ferrell when he was within 10 feet. Here's part of their exchange:
KERRICK: Yes ma'am. I used the term within 10 feet. Three to five feet is within 10 feet. POSTELL: Do you think it might would've been important if three to five feet was the truth to have told them three to five feet when they asked you to tell them what happened? KERRICK: It was really hard for me to judge distance in that room, the interview room. But yes, it would be important, yes.
11 a.m. Update
It’s been a tense morning of testimony in the Randall Kerrick trial. Kerrick has spent most of the morning under cross-examination. Prosecutors have been pointing out inconsistencies in Kerrick describing what led up to him fatally shooting Jonathan Ferrell in the early morning hours of Sept. 14, 2013.
For example, Kerrick told investigators a few hours after the shooting that Ferrell was about 10 feet away when the first shot was fired. In court Thursday, Kerrick testified that Ferrell was 3-5 feet away. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen says:
The exchanges between prosecutors and Kerrick have been tense today. Prosecutors have asked some very tough questions about these inconsistencies, and Kerrick at times has shot back, saying, ‘This happened in seven seconds. I didn’t have time to think about that.’