Attorneys representing a former North Charleston police officer want his murder trial moved out of the Charleston area.
The Associated Press reports the lead attorney for Michael Slager moved filed a motion this week seeking to change the location of the officer’s state trial.
Slager is accused of shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back after Scott fled from a traffic stop and struggled with the officer in April 2015. A bystander’s video of the shooting led to a public outcry and charges against Slager.
He was jailed on a state murder charge and later was indicted on three federal counts. The federal trial scheduled to begin next year.
His legal team questioned whether Slager would receive a fair trial in Charleston given the high-profile nature of the case. In their affidavit, attorneys pointed to a telephone survey last month of 608 Charleston County adults.
The survey found that 91 percent of the people polled had knowledge of the Slager case and 85 percent had seen the video, according to the affidavit.
The motion did not list an alternative site for a trial.