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Judge Declares Mistrial in Michael Slager Murder Trial

Judge Declares Mistrial in Michael Slager Murder Trial
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A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial Monday after jurors said they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the case of a white former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the death of black motorist Walter Scott.

Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, 50, after an April 4, 2015, traffic stop. The shooting was captured on a bystander’s cell phone video, which showed Scott running away as Slager fired eight times, striking Scott three times in the back.
The jurors — 11 white and one African-American — struggled to reach a consensus. They returned to deliberate three times Friday after indicating they were deadlocked. One juror, in a note, said he couldn’t vote for a conviction and wouldn’t change his mind. Monday brought a slew of questions, such as requests for clarifications on terminology related to the law, before the mistrial was declared.

The ruling disappointed Scott’s family, attorneys and supporters. 9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson is already pledging to continue working on the case, and Slager is scheduled to go on trial early next year on federal charges, including civil rights offenses, related to the shooting. Wilson, in her statement, said she hoped the federal and state courts will coordinate efforts regarding future trial dates.