Witness: Scott tossed Taser before shooting


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A defense witness has testified it appears Walter Scott threw a Taser as he confronted a patrolman seconds before he was shot running from a traffic stop.

Eugene Liscio of Toronto, Canada, testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Michael Slager, the former South Carolina patrolman charged in the April 2015 shooting. The slaying of the unarmed black motorist was captured on cellphone video that stunned the nation.

Liscio made a 3D re-creation of the crime scene using laser scans and video frames.

He testified that just before the shooting the Taser is seen falling to the ground. At that time, he said, Slager’s left hand was grabbing Scott’s wrist while his right hand was going for his gun in its holster. The defense contends the two men struggled over the stun gun seconds before Scott was shot.

Court recessed at noon Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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