Michael Slager's Attorneys Asking Judge To Drop Murder Charge

Michael Slager Jury Will Not Be Sequestered

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Attorneys for a former South Carolina police officer are asking a judge to drop his murder charge. 

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott after a traffic stop in April of last year.

Slager's attorneys are citing double jeopardy, saying he cannot be tried twice for the same crime.

Both the state and the Feds will put Slager on trial for murder.

Slager's defense team was ready to have former federal prosecutor Miller Shealy make their argument for the case to be dismissed.

But that was put off because prosecutors say they need more time to respond.

When Slager's trial begins, his team will argue Walter Scott grabbed the ex cop's taser during a struggle and pointed it at him, forcing Slager to shoot in self defense.

The shooting was caught on a bystander's cell phone and went viral. 

Jury selection begins on Monday. Slager faces 30 years to life in prison if he's convicted. 

 

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