Attorney general stick with decision not to retry officer


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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper understands the frustration with his office's decision not to hold another trial for a Charlotte police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed suspect.

But a spokeswoman for Roy Cooper says he did not change his mind after meeting with civil rights leaders about the Randall Kerrick case on Friday.

Spokeswoman Noelle Talley says Cooper won't change his mind unless new evidence comes to light.

Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell. The former Florida A&M football player was looking for help after crashing his car in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

A jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of acquittal at Kerrick's trial last month.

Civil rights leaders say a hung jury in the end speaks for no one.

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