Michael Slager trial continues, Ex-officer’s lawyer challenges probe of black motorist death

Michael Slager

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Defense lawyers for a white ex-patrolman from South Carolina charged in the death of a black motorist are trying to show that the state bungled the investigation.

Michael Slager is charged with murder in the April, 2015 death of Walter Scott, the motorist he shot in the back while the man fled from a traffic stop in North Charleston. A bystander recorded the shooting with a cellphone.

Almon Brown, who investigated the crime scene for the State Law Enforcement Division, returns to the stand Wednesday where he’s undergoing cross-examination.

He testified Tuesday that there was only a three-hour investigation of the crime scene, that a missing probe from Slager’s Taser was never found, and that the state never tested the stun gun for DNA. The defense contends Slager and Scott wrestled over the Taser.

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