Judge Declares Mistrial In Michael Slager Murder Trial; Prosecutors To Retry Case

Judy Scott, Walter Scott's mother, holds a press conference after the mistrial was declared for the Michael Slager trial Monday Dec. 5, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. Former patrolman, Slager, was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Judy Scott, Walter Scott’s mother, holds a press conference after the mistrial was declared for the Michael Slager trial Monday Dec. 5, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. Former patrolman, Slager, was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)


The mayor of Charleston, community leaders and South Carolina’s governor are urging a calm response to the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop. A judge granted a mistrial for former North Charleston officer Michael Slager after a jury said it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.  (UPDATED: 12/6/16 8:01AM)

Defense attorneys Don McCune, left, Andy Savage and Miller Shealy surround former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager after a note was sent by the jury as they continue to deliberate at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The jury remained undecided, but not deadlocked, on Monday in the murder trial of Slager who is charged with shooting a black motorist in South Carolina last year. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool)

Defense attorneys Don McCune, left, Andy Savage and Miller Shealy surround former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool)

 


Original post:  12/5/16

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the death of a black motorist. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman declared the mistrial after a jury said today that 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. Race was never made a major issue at trial, even though Slager is white and Walter Scott was black.

 

 

 

Jurors had deliberated more than 22 hours over four days.  Prosecutors say they’ll try Slager again. That as scattered demonstrations erupted after the verdict.

Kim Lampkins reports …

 


The moments before a mistrial was declared in the murder trial of Michael Slager:

 

Judy Scot, the mother of victim Walter Scott addresses the media:

Source: AP