State Attorney General Will Handle Case Of Charlotte Officer Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's attorney general says he'll handle the prosecution of a police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Thursday he requested the state help because before he was elected, Murray was a partner in the law firm representing the officer.

Authorities say Jonathan Ferrell was shot 10 times early Saturday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick. Police have said Ferrell may have been seeking help after a car wreck when he went to a home and knocked on the door, frightening a woman into calling 911 because she thought he was trying to break in.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office would handle the case.