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Charlotte Officer in 2013 Killing Reaches Separation Deal With City

AUG. 21: Mistrial Declared In Kerrick Trial 1:39

A former North Carolina police officer who was tried in the killing of an unarmed former college football player in 2013 will receive nearly $113,000 in back pay as part of a separation agreement, the city of Charlotte said Thursday.

A mistrial was declared in August after a jury deadlocked in the manslaughter trial for Randall "Wes" Kerrick, and prosecutors later said he would not be retried and the charges would be dismissed.

Image: Randall Kerrick and his wife Carrie talk with attorney George Laughrun
Randall Kerrick and his wife Carrie talk with attorney George Laughrun while waiting for the courtroom to clear before leaving after Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin declared a mistrial in the voluntary manslaughter trial of officer Kerrick in Charlotte, N.C. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Davie Hinshaw / AP

Kerrick resigned from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department effective Oct. 2.

The city will pay $179,989.59, which is mostly back pay and vacation pay but also includes $50,630 to be paid to the lawyer who represented Kerrick in a civil suit, the city said in a statement.

Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter after he fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell, 24, after a traffic accident on Sept. 14, 2013. Kerrick had his pay suspended a few days after the incident.

Ferrell, a former defensive back for Florida A&M, was in a car accident that night and dragged himself to a nearby house to get help, officials said. The woman in the house called 911 to report a possible break-in.

Kerrick shot Ferrell after he refused commands and moved towards officers. Prosecutors argued Kerrick should have used nonlethal force, but the jury deadlocked at his trial.

The city reached a settlement with Ferrell’s family for $2.25 million.

"This resolution allows CMPD and the Charlotte community to move forward in the healing process and continue our work together on open, candid and wide-ranging community dialogue about community and police relations," Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter said in a statement Thursday.