First Drip (8/18/15): Closing arguments heard in Kerrick trial

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Closing arguments began today in the high-profile voluntary manslaughter trial of Randall Kerrick, a former CMPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed Jonathan Ferrell following Ferrell's car accident in September 2013. Prosecutor Aden Harris played the dash cam footage from the night Ferrell was killed again this morning, pointing out that Kerrick had non-deadly options during the confrontation and abandoned all of his training. Defense attorney George Laughrun opened with a bible verse and said the case was about split-second decisions. 


According to a report from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the economic impact of the CIAA tournament in 2015 increased by 12 percent over the 2014 tournament. Fans reportedly spent $32.2 million on hotel rooms, restaurant meals and other expenses during the basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. On August 10, the CIAA moved its headquarters from Hampton, Virginia to a new office in SouthPark. A recent contract extension that will keep the tournament in Charlotte through 2020 included incentives for the league to move to Charlotte. 


A rescue of a construction worker by the Charlotte Fire Department from the roof of an Uptown construction site was caught on video this morning. Officials said that crews were working on finishing an apartment complex at the intersection of Morehead and South Church streets when a worker suffered an injury to his left ankle. Fire crews attached a rescue basket to a fire truck's ladder and picked up the man from the roof, lowering him down with a firefighter at his side. 


A Union County woman has been charged with felony child abuse after an infant found in cardiac arrest in her home last week suffered traumatic brain injuries, officials said. Medics responded to Tamika Horne's residence in Marshville last Wednesday and took the baby to the hospital. After further investigation, Horne was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. She's currently being held in Union County Jail and is expected to appear in court on September 14. 


A lawyer for Zachary Hammond, an unarmed 19-year-old shot and killed by Seneca, South Carolina police on July 26 said that law enforcement officers have confirmed to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division that they saw officers lifting Hammond's hand and giving him "high-fives" after he was dead on the night of the shooting. In a five-page letter sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, attorney Eric Bland asks for a federal civil rights investigation, citing the alleged disturbing conduct of the officer on the scene of the shooting. 


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