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No decision on bail for ex-police officer accused of murder

UPDATE:

11:00 p.m.

Earlier today, state circuit Judge Clifton Newman said he needs more time to decide whether the ex-North Charleston police officer who killed Walter Scott should be granted bond.

For the first time since his death, the Scott family saw Michael Slager.

Walter Scott's mother told judge Newman that she misses her son and will never be able to hug him again, and for that reason, she thinks officer Slager shouldn't be allowed out of jail to hug his infant son for the first time.

"I loved him very much and I miss him. He was murdered," said Judy Scott

On Thursday, arguments during Slager's bond hearing went on for over three hours.

To the defense, Slager was doing his job. His attorney Andy Savage says he is not a flight risk and should be granted bond.

Savage said a violent struggle over Slager's taser occurred before the infamous video of the murder took place.

"He's not a danger to the community. He's a strong substantial member of the community," said Savage.

But the prosecution, 9th circuit Solictor Scarlett Wilson, painted a different picture by also focusing on the taser. She says Slager planted the taser to help his story of self-defense.

Wilson told Judge Newman, "The one time, one time judge, that we see Michael Slager on this video, hauling, running, was not after he gunned down Walter Scott, shot at him eight times, got him five times in the back. The one time he is running is when he is going back to get that taser..."

Wilson also said, "This family has been the picture of patience, they have been the picture of poise, and they are suffering."

Walter Scott's brother, Anthony, said, "My brother didn't have the opportunity to be offered bond or bail. He was judged and he was convicted and he was murdered and that's what we have to live with."

In the end, judge Newman said he wanted to make sure Slager has a fair, swift trial and that the Scott family also finds justice.

As of right now, there is no time table on when the next proceedings will take place.

 

UPDATE: The judge did not make a decision on bail for ex-officer Michael Slager.  He has taken the request under advisement and will rule on bail at a later date.  For now Slager remains behind bars.

2:15 p.m.

CHARLESTON, SC - Just a few protesters are standing outside the Charleston County Courthouse ahead of a bail hearing for an ex-police officer charged with murder.

The three wore shirts that said "black lives matter." One held a sign that said, "Keep the murderer in jail!"

Several members of the National Action Network, an activist group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, sat on benches outside the packed courtroom as the bail hearing started.

The hearing for former police officer Michael Slager was set to begin at 2 p.m. Thursday. The judge was not allowing any live video streaming. Only a few reporters were allowed to attend. Slager is charged with murder in the April shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who tried to flee from police during a traffic stop.

4:42 a.m.

A white former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist wants to be released from jail before his trial.

Attorneys for Michael Slager will be in court Thursday seeking the release of the former North Charleston officer charged with murder in the April 4 shooting death of Walter Scott.

A bystander's cellphone video showed Slager firing eight times as Scott tried to run away from a traffic stop. The incident inflamed the national debate about how blacks are treated by law officers.

Slager has been in solitary confinement since his arrest. Attorneys filed 150 pages of documents this week in support of the bail request including a psychological assessment that Slager poses little danger of doing violence.

A bystander's cellphone video showed Slager firing eight times as Scott tried to run away from a traffic stop. The incident inflamed the national debate about how blacks are treated by law officers.

Slager has been in solitary confinement since his arrest. Attorneys filed 150 pages of documents this week in support of the bond request including a psychological assessment that Slager poses little danger of doing violence.


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