Slager trial enters day 5

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Wednesday is day five in testimony for the trial of Michael Slager.

SLED Special Agent Jamie Johnson took the stand first. She testified to how SLED collected evidence at the scene.  That evidence included touch DNA off the Taser, Slager’s uniform, pictures from the scene and pictures of Slager’s injuries.

In cross examination, Agent Johnson told the court several pieces of evidence were not tested and some evidence was missed. The missed evidence was found weeks later by the defense’s personal investigators.  SLED collected that evidence two weeks after the shooting.

Both the prosecution and defense raised questions about how the Taser was swabbed for DNA.  Agent Johnson, who has degrees in forensic science, said she swabbed the Taser twice.  The defense asserts there wasn’t segregated testing of DNA on parts of the Taser to see who’s DNA was found where.

Instead, SLED can only confirm both Michael Slager and Walter Scott left DNA on the Taser.

Following Agent Johnson’s  testimony, Dr. Lee Marie Tormos took the stand.  She is a forensic pathologist with the Medical University of South Carolina.  She examined Walter Scott’s body the weekend he was shot. She testified all the bullets that hit Scott were from behind. Scott had wounds to his ear, right shoulder, back, flank, and buttocks.  The fatal shot hit his heart and lung.  She also testified he had a bruise with abrasion to his cheek.  She said the contusion could have been caused by being struck or from falling.

Based on a blood sample taken during the examination, Dr. Tormos said a lab found Scott had cocaine in his body.

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