CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The fiancee of a black motorist who was shot and killed by a patrolman while running from a traffic stop in South Carolina has testified that he was a “loving and kind person.”
Charlotte Jones was among the first four prosecution witnesses to testify in the murder trial of Michael Slager. The 34-year-old former North Charleston officer faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of murder in the April, 2015 shooting of Scott.
The defense contends that Slager and Scott fought over the officer’s Taser before Scott ran and was shot in the back, an encounter that a bystander recorded on a cellphone. Jones testified that she never knew Scott to have been in a fight. She says “he was not that kind of person.”
She also testified that Scott never mentioned to her that he was worried about being behind in child support payments. Scott’s relatives have said that he may have tried to run away because he was worried he would be jailed for missing payments.