A completed jury of two Latinas, three African-Americans and 11 white people were chosen to serve in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick.
Attorneys approved the panel of 12 jurors and four alternates Wednesday, paving the way for opening arguments to begin Monday.
Kerrick, 29, is accused of unlawfully shooting Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old unarmed African-American man. Prosecutors accuse Kerrick of using excessive force against Ferrell. Kerrick has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys argue that he acted in self defense.
After 44 potential jurors were interviewed over eight days, here are the final 16.
- A 41-year-old Latina who works in a cafeteria and has no prior knowledge of police shootings.
- A white woman in her mid-50s who is self-employed.
- A mid-50s white woman with an MBA who said “officers need to be better trained.”
- A white man, early 30s, who is a general contractor.
- A white woman, early 60s, who said police shootings should be considered independent of one another.
- A white female business owner, late 40s, who said race should not play a role in the case.
- A white man, father of four, whose brother is a police officer in another state.
- A black woman, late 40s, with military experience who has an aversion to drugs.
- A black woman and Charlotte native who works in psychiatric care with a sibling who is a probation officer.
- A white man who was a salesman, and whose grandfather was a police officer.
- A Latina woman who works in education.
- A black male veteran, late 60s, who said “police officers at their best are guided by training protocol and at their worst are led by the feelings of the moment.”
- These people are the alternate jurors:
- A white missionary and father of two who said some police-related deaths were “excessive.”
- A white woman with a military family. She said the number of police shootings suggests “there seems to be a bigger problem.”
- A 63-year-old white woman who works at a church. She has concerns about police profiling “young men.”
- An older white woman who is a teacher with a police officer in the family.