Mother of slain motorist, Walter Scott, forgives ex-officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The mother of a slain black motorist says she forgives the white former South Carolina police officer who killed her son.

Judy Scott on Thursday turned toward Michael Slager and said her faith in God gives her the ability to forgive him for killing her son, Walter Scott.

She also told Slager she hoped he would repent for the killing and allow Jesus to come into his heart.

Through tears, the mother spoke as part of a hearing during which a judge will decide how much time Slager spends in prison for the April 2015 killing following a traffic stop. Earlier Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled that the killing was second-degree murder and said he’d work from guidelines that recommend Slager spends 19 to 24 years in prison.

Slager pleaded guilty in May to violating Scott’s civil rights.

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