Mistrial Declared in Trial of South Carolina Cop Who Killed Walter Scott
A judge was forced to declare a mistrial Monday after a jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict in the murder trial of former Charleston, SC police officer Michael Slager.
Slager was charged with fatally shooting unarmed Walter Scott as Scott ran away from him during a traffic stop.
In a statement read by Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, the jury said “We as the jury regret to inform the court” that they were unable to come “to a unanimous decision in the case of the state versus Michael Slager” after a day of questions and deliberation.
“The court therefore must declare a mistrial in this case and I so declare that this case is mistried,” he said after the jury returned to the room and confirmed their decision.
Prosecutors swiftly announced they would re-try the case.
According to USA Today, Slager also is awaiting trial in federal court, charged with violating Scott’s rights, obstruction of justice and a gun violation.
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