(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The lawyer for a former police officer seen in cellphone video shooting an unarmed man as he ran away said he will argue in court Thursday that his client should be released on bond.
Former police officer Michael Slager, 33, fatally shot Walter Scott, 50, after a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina, in April. He was arrested and charged with murder on April 7, three days after he shot Scott.
Slager faces a possible 30 years to life without parole if convicted. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson has declined comment on the case outside of the courtroom.
The former North Charleston police officer’s attorney, Andy Savage, said his client should be released on bond in alignment with similar cases in South Carolina. A motion filed Tuesday by attorneys for Slager included court documents showing other defendants in Charleston County who have been charged with murder but released on bond. Savage said this was an on-the-job incident, and Slager has no prior incidents, which gives him another advantage towards bond.
Savage told ABC News Wednesday he will show enhanced video that shows a fight between the two men at Thursday’s bail hearing. Savage alleges that at one point during the altercation, Scott was in possession of Slager’s Taser. The enhanced video, obtained by ABC News, lasts four seconds and makes it difficult to tell exactly what happened leading up to the shooting.
The release of cellphone footage shot by an eyewitness had a direct effect on Slager’s arrest, police said immediately after. It showed Scott’s running away from the officer when he was shot multiple times.
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