The trial of a North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black driver continued Tuesday in the shadow of the presidential race.
The jury in the case of Michael Slage, got to see crime scene photos of the scene where Slager shot and killed Walter Scott in April 2015 as Scott fled a traffic stop struggle.
Alman Brown, a former crime scene investigator for the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) testified Tuesday that, after examining Scott’s body, it was obvious to him that Scott had been shot in the back and not during a face-to-face confrontation with Slager as he was told.
The 34-year-old Slager chased the 50-year-old Scott after Scott fled from a traffic stop. The officer said that Scott grabbed his Taser during a fight and that he decided to shoot as Scott turned away. Slager fired eight times as Scott ran away, hitting him five times. The incident was captured by a bystander on cell phone video.
However, defense attorney Andy Savage got Brown to admit somve key evidence was not fully examined, including potential fingerprints on the Taser and one of the device’s wires that had been fired. Brown said he dropped the fingerprints information from the report at the request of a superior officer.
The former North Charleston officer faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the April 2015 shooting of Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. The crime-scene photos jurors saw were of Scott’s wounds.