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Only Channel 9 has obtained documents asking for the case against a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed man to be thrown out.
The defense said that the state failed to preserve evidence in the case.
SPECIAL SECTION: Jonathan Ferrell
Randall Kerrick's attorneys are asking the judge to throw out the charges against him because evidence that could be crucial to their case has been destroyed -- specifically, samples of Jonathan Ferrell's blood that the defense wanted to test for some specific drugs.
The motion said that several witnesses, including two other police officers said Ferrell was acting very erratically just before the shooting and that he was in "like a zombie state."
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A state autopsy on Ferrell's body after the shooting revealed no alcohol or drugs in his system, but in their motion Kerrick’s attorneys said that test did not specifically include tests for hallucinogenics, including drugs like K2 and synthetic marijuana, or "bath salts."
They said that police sent some of Ferrell's blood off to have it examined by an independent laboratory, but did not ask that laboratory to keep that blood sample even though they knew it would be destroyed after six weeks.
Now Kerrick’s attorneys said there's not enough blood left for them to have an independent test for those drugs and they said that is critical to his defense in the upcoming trial in July.
Wed, 06 May 2015 16:55:14 -0400
As North Carolina struggles to keep teacher pay competitive, Channel 9 learned that Charlotte Mecklenburg School District leaders are traveling outside the state to recruit new teachers.
Channel 9 has been reporting that local teachers are leaving North Carolina for other states. Thursday, officials of a Houston school district will be in Charlotte to recruit teachers.
The University of North Carolina just presented numbers to the State Board of Education that show thousands of teachers in North Carolina are from other states. Channel 9 also learned nearly half of teachers in Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are from out of state. CMS has staff going to career fairs in other states, recruiting.
"We're really challenged. South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida are all paying $5,000-$8,000 more to their beginning teachers. We clearly have some work to do," said CMS Superintendent Ann Clark.
Judy Kidd just retired from CMS after being in the classroom for 25 years and says the respect for the profession is not what it used to be.
"We're going to have a teacher deficit with qualified people because what's happening is math and science teachers are getting jobs making and commanding higher salaries in industry and don't have to deal with discipline issues in schools," Kidd said.
Some think until North Carolina starts paying teachers more, the state's future is in jeopardy.
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"Ultimately, it hurts students because we're losing quality educators," said Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators.
Last year, the General Assembly passed a $2,000 increase for starting pay for North Carolina teachers, but the educators Channel 9 spoke to said there's still a long way to go.Wed, 06 May 2015 16:43:40 -0400
A Newton County family says they were in shock when they found a coyote sitting on their kitchen counter.
Animal Control officers say coyote complaints are up in both Rockdale and Newton counties.
They say it's not because there are more coyotes, but because more people are living among the coyotes.
Ronald Thacker has lived and worked along Highway 212 his whole life. He says near his home, he knows you need to keep your eyes and ears open for the wild animal.
"I've only seen, like, one. But I've heard them many times,” Thacker said.
But he says he still can't believe what happened in the house right across the street.
(Source: WSB-TV)Wed, 06 May 2015 16:31:44 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories