• Prosecution wrapping up case in black SC motorist's death

    By: BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press


    CHARLESTON, S.C. - The prosecution is wrapping up its case in the murder trial of Michael Slager, the white former South Carolina patrolman charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

    Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says the state plans to rest Tuesday.

    The trial in Charleston is in its third week and prosecutors have called 30 witnesses to try to lay out a case that the shooting of 50-year-old Michael Scott as he ran from a traffic stop was murder.

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    The defense contends the two men wrestled and Scott got ahold of Slager's stun gun before the shooting.

    Cellphone video of the shooting recorded by a bystander shows Scott being shot in the back from yards away as he fled the April 2015 traffic stop.

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