Slager To Testify In Own Defense At Walter Scott Shooting Trial

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager is taking the stand to tell his version of what happened when he fatally shot a black motorist fleeing a traffic stop last year.

Slager, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, is expected to testify in his own defense Tuesday in a Charleston courtroom.

Scott, who was black, was shot five times in the back while running from the white officer. The shooting was captured by a bystander on cellphone video.

In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 photo, Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager sits in the courtroom, in Charleston, S.C. Slager, who turns 35 next month, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the April 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The requests are among a flurry of motions attorneys for Michael Slager have filed in recent days. Jury selection begins next Monday, Oct 31, 2016, in Slager's murder trial. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)

Slager was fired from the North Charleston Police Department and charged with murder …read more

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