CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The jury in the Michael Slager murder trial is going home for the night.
The panel of 11 whites and one black has deliberated for more than nine hours over two days in the case of the fired South Carolina patrolman charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott.
Scott was shot five times in the back as he fled from a traffic stop in April of last year in a shooting captured on cellphone video.
Before the jury went home, they had a question for the judge: the legal difference between fear and passion.
The judge has told the jurors they can consider a lesser charge of voluntary homicide, the taking of another life in the heat of passion.
Slager testified that he feared for his life when he said Scott wrestled with him, got control of his Taser and pointed it at him.