CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A judge has rejected a motion to move the trial of a white Charlotte police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man to another county.
Attorneys for Randall Kerrick say it's unlikely he can get a fair trial in Mecklenburg County because of extensive news media coverage that they said would prejudice jurors.
Assistant North Carolina Attorney General Steve Arbogast disagreed.
After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge Robert Ervin on Friday agreed with prosecutors.
Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player.
Police say Ferrell crashed his car, went to a nearby house and banged on the door looking for help. Three officers responded. Kerrick was the only one who fired his gun.