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Jury begins 1st full day of deliberations in officer’s trial

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick Randall displays the boots he was wearing the night of the shooting during his voluntary manslaughter trial, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. Kerrick charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man has testified in his own defense Thursday, following witnesses who quoted him as saying he thought his life was in danger. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, Pool)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> The jury hearing the case of a white North Carolina police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man is returning for its first full day of deliberations.

The racially diverse jury of eight woman and four men is scheduled to come back to court Wednesday in the trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick, who’s suspended without pay while facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

After listening to closing arguments and taking a lunch break Tuesday, the jury began its deliberations in earnest. The jury foreman did ask the judge in the case to read the elements of voluntary manslaughter for a second time before discussions began.

The trial is in its third week.

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