Crime & Courts

Kerrick Trial Witness List: Friends, police and experts

These are among more than 200 people who could testify at the voluntary manslaughter trial of CMPD Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick. He is accused of wrongfully killing Jonathan Ferrell during a late-night encounter.

  • Max Funderburke, a close friend of Jonathan Ferrell. He is expected to testify that he and Ferrell smoked marijuana at his home before Ferrell left after 2:30 a.m.
  • Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe and his successor Kerr Putney. Both were involved in the decision to charge Kerrick, and Putney headed CMPD training. In all, some 115 members of CMPD are on the witness list.
  • A group of Ferrell’s co-workers from Best Buy who joined him that night at Hickory Tavern. Also included: Erika Hudson, who waited on Ferrell’s table.
  • Ferrell’s fiancee Caché Heidel and his sister Joy Dent. Heidel, a Charlotte accountant, says she had been called as a witness for both sides. Dent is a sergeant with the sheriff’s department in her family’s hometown of Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Sarah McCartney, whose house Ferrell went to after he wrecked his car. She is expected to testify that Ferrell never said he needed help.
  • Attorney General Roy Cooper. His office took over the case after Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray stepped aside because he is the former law partner of Kerrick’s defense team. Kerrick’s lawyers accused Cooper of selective prosecution to win headlines for political gain.
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