CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina judge has ordered 500 potential jurors summoned for the murder trial of a fired white police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist. Those being summoned can expect to hear a sheriff’s deputy knocking on the door.
Circuit Judge Clifton Newman issued the order on Tuesday requiring deputies to serve summonses in the Michael Slager case. That’s not unheard of, but generally jurors are summoned through the mail.
The order also instructs Charleston County deputies to follow up if prospective jurors don’t fill out a questionnaire.
The 33-year-old Slager stands trial next month in the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who was shot while running away from traffic stop in April 2015. The shooting was captured on cellphone video.