October 16th, 2013
09:34 AM ET

Attorney: "This Was Cold Blooded Murder"

Police officer Randall Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter – a felony, for killing ex-FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina, after the young black man was in a car accident and looking for help.

In an exclusive interview with "New Day," Cache Heidel, Ferrell's fiancee, tells CNN's Chris Cuomo she hopes the man's death can be a cause for change moving forward.

“That is a hope I have. That his death will resound with America in general for a country that prides itself on being diverse and inclusive and accepting everyone for who they are.”

Officers were responding to a "breaking and entering" 911 call at a home in Charlotte where the homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Then Kerrick opened fire several times, killing Ferrell, police said.

The Ferrell family attorney Chris Chesnut now says police should release the dash-cam video of the incident to the public for both training purposes and so viewers can see what happened for themselves.

“I think the tape is the reason Officer Kerrick was arrested,” Chesnut says. “I think once his superiors saw the blatant, not only negligence but that this was cold blooded murder—I think  it's unprecedented for an officer to be arrested this quickly. I think the tape confirms that and I think, frankly the facts his attorneys are alleging are wholly consistent with what's on that video. And that’s why we want the video released.”

The officer was released on $50,000 bond and is now awaiting trial.

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