Trial of former officer resumes Monday in South Carolina

Michael Thomas Slager

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The murder trial resumes Monday for a former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a black man in the back during a traffic stop.

Michael Slager, who’s white, is accused of shooting Walter Scott in North Charleston in April 2015. Cellphone video of the shooting has been seen millions of times on the internet.

Jurors also have seen the video and heard from 11 witnesses called by the state, including the bystander who took the video.

Prosecutors will resume their case Monday. Slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.

The jury includes 11 whites and one black. Attorneys for Scott’s family say they’re not concerned about the jury’s racial makeup and believe any jury seeing the video would render a just verdict.

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