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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for a Charlotte police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man last year are asking a judge to stop prosecutors from submitting the case to a grand jury for a second time.

A Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict officer Randall Kerrick on a voluntary manslaughter charge, recommending the state Attorney General’s Office find a lesser charge.

But Attorney General Roy Cooper decided to send the case to another grand jury because the first grand jury was missing four members.

Kerrick’s lawyers say state law does not allow prosecutors to resubmit the case. A judge will likely have to hear their argument before the grand jury hears testimony again.

Investigators say Kerrick shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell 10 times on Sept. 14.

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