Deliberations resume in Michael Slager case

Michael Slager trial (Courtesy: WCBD)
Michael Slager trial (Courtesy: WCBD)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Jurors have resumed deliberations in the trial of a former South Carolina patrolman charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

The jury is weighing the case of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston patrolman charged in the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Scott was shot five times in the back as he ran from a traffic stop in April 2015.

The shooting was captured by a bystander on dramatic cellphone video that stunned the nation.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Wednesday evening after receiving instructions from Circuit Judge Clifton Newman.

They jurors can acquit Slager, find him guilty of murder or find him guilty of a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

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