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Charlotte Smart, Fast: Aug. 3, 2015 -- The Kerrick Trial begins

Former CMPD officer Wes Kerrick with attorney Michael Greene  during the first day of his trial for killing Jonathan Ferrell, July 20, 2015. 

Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on September 14, 2013, along Reedy Creek Road. Ferrell was unarmed and shot ten times.
Former CMPD officer Wes Kerrick with attorney Michael Greene during the first day of his trial for killing Jonathan Ferrell, July 20, 2015. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on September 14, 2013, along Reedy Creek Road. Ferrell was unarmed and shot ten times. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Welcome to August. Here’s what you need to know to start your day Charlotte Smart in less than 2 minutes.

THE BIG STORY: With jury selection complete, the trial of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick starts today and the whole thing could hinge on 15 seconds of a video that has not yet been released to the public.

Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell in 2013.

Video taken by a camera from inside a police cruiser is expected to be played in the courtroom in the coming days. What will it show? The shooting happens off camera and Kerrick is never in view.

Kerrick’s attorneys claim that it proves their client acted appropriately because the officer feared for his safety. Others say the video undermines the police version of events.

Also: Click here for a list of some of the people on the Kerrick Trial Witness List, and here’s a comprehensive look at the events that led to today.

BATHROOM CHOICES: Bank of America Stadium (Panthers), BB&T Ballpark (Knights) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (racin’) will allow transgender men and women to use the restroom of their gender identity. Janice Covington Allison has been campaigning to make public restrooms safer for transgender people since the issue came up in March during a Charlotte City Council public hearing.

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JOHN CROSLAND JR.: Crosland, for decades one of the most prominent real estate developers in Charlotte and the state, died Sunday after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 86.

BANK POWER SHIFT?: In January 2010, more than half of Bank of America’s 11 highest-ranking executives worked in Charlotte. With the departure of Chief Financial Officer Bruce Thompson Saturday, just over a third of the top 14 executives for the bank remain in the city. Should we be concerned?

“Home is where the heart is, and if their home is in New York or Boston, that’s where their personal interests lie,” former Charlotte Chamber president Carroll Gray told the Observer.

So, yes?

Photos: Charlotte Observer file.

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