• Judge declares mistrial in former North Charleston officer trial

    By: BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

    Updated:

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A judge declared a mistrial in the trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the death of black motorist.

    The jury said Monday it was unable to unanimously agree on a verdict for Michael Slager. The judge had told jurors they could also consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

    Related: After mistrial, slain SC motorist's family still confident

    One black and 11 white jurors discussed the case for 22 hours without reaching a verdict 

    Slager was standing trial for shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott to death in North Charleston when he stopped him for having a broken tail light. 

    Cellphone video of the shooting showed Scott running away when Slager fired shots at him. 

    Prosecutors said Monday afternoon that they plan to try Slager again.  

     

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