- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The trial is getting under way in the case of a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged in the killing of an unarmed black man.

Jury selection begins Monday in Charlotte in the case of Randall Kerrick, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

Authorities say Ferrell was involved in a car accident and went to a house, apparently seeking help. But a woman at the house called police saying someone was trying to break in.

Three police officers responded.

Prosecutors say Kerrick fired 12 shots, 10 of which hit Ferrell. While prosecutors say it was obvious Ferrell was not armed, Kerrick’s defense attorneys say that wasn’t clear.

Two requests to move the trial out of Charlotte have been denied.

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