Jury selection in Michael Slager trial begins Monday

Officials with SLED provided the police with the video footage of the shooting and as a result North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager will be charged with murder.
Officials with SLED provided the police with the video footage of the shooting and as a result North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager will be charged with murder.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The trial is starting for a former South Carolina police officer captured on video shooting an unarmed black motorist.

Potential jurors report around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 3,1 in Charleston as jury selection gets underway in the trial of 34-year-old Michael Slager.

According to News 2 reporter Rebecce Collett who is covering the trial, 188 potentials jurors were expected to show up, and the whole jury selection process is expected to take two days. There was a total of 600 summons sent to potential jurors, but many were excused or were never located. Of the 188, 134 were left in the pool Monday evening when day one wrapped up at 5:30. Day two begins at 9:30 Tuesday.

The nation was stunned by cellphone video recorded by a bystander showing Slager shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. The jury will have to decide if the shooting is murder. If convicted Slager, faces 30 years to life.

Jury selection is also being held this week in a similar case in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ray Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose, who was pulled over for a missing license plate.

According to Charleston County officials, Charleston County parking garages are closed to the public during the trial. County parking garages are located on King, Queen and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston.

According to Charleston Police, there are no planned street closures downtown for the Michael Slager trial, which is being held at the Charleston County courthouse on Meeting Street.

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