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Jonathan Ferrell Killing: Closing Arguments Set to Begin in Cop’s Trial

Officer Kerrick: 'I Fired My Weapon, It Doesn't Faze Him' 9:25

Closing arguments will begin Tuesday in the voluntary manslaughter trial of a North Carolina cop for the shooting death of an unarmed black man who was looking for help after an accident.

Image: Image: Handout shows former Florida A&M University student and football player Ferrell
Former Florida A&M University student and football player Jonathan Ferrell, 24, is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Florida A&M University on September 15, 2013. HANDOUT / Reuters

Attorneys for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick rested their case Monday after presenting testimony from colleagues and law enforcement experts arguing that Kerrick was justified in shooting former Florida A&M University football player Jonathan Ferrell on Sept. 14, 2013.

Ferrell, 24, wrecked his car that morning, and he had gone to a nearby house and banged on the door, apparently for help. The resident called police, and Kerrick and two other officers responded.

Ferrell was struck by 10 of 12 shots fired by Kerrick, whose attorneys argue that he was acting in self-defense. Kerrick faces up to 11 years in prison if he's convicted.

Kerrick testified last week that he opened fire because he feared Ferrell was going to take away his gun.

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