A witness for Michael Slager’s defense on Wednesday presented a 360-degree view of the area where investigators believe a scuffle occurred between Slager and Walter Scott just as Scott freed himself from the North Charleston officer and started running away before Slager shot him.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, expert witness Eugene Liscio used 3-D imaging to give jurors and attorneys an insight into Slager’s position as the officer drew his weapon and took aim with both hands on the firearm.
By using computer software, Liscio estimated that Scott was 18 feet from Slager when the first shot was fired. That’s one foot more than an expert for the prosecution had measured earlier in the trial.
A focal point of the presentation was a 3-D encircling of Slager and Scott as they last faced each other and the officer pulled his weapon. A bystander used his cell phone to record the now-infamous video of the officer drawing his gun as his Taser landed on the ground behind him.
Slager had stopped Scott’s car on April 4, 2015, when Scott darted away from his car and down a side road. Dashcam video shows that Slager chased Scott. What happened next occurred away from any known cameras, but attorneys say Slager fired his Taser to bring down Scott. Defense attorneys maintain a fight then started over the Taser. Prosecutors have said Scott was only trying to run away from the officer.
Slager claimed Scott eventually wrestled the Taser from him and pointed it at him, leading to officer to pull out his weapon and fire eight times at Scott’s back as he ran away. However, the bystander video showed Scott was running with his back to Slager at the time.
The trial reconvenes Monday with a possible jury visit to the shooting site next week.