Jury Announces Deadlock In Case Against Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man In Back

Grace Beahm

The judge in the case of a former police officer charged with murdering a black motorist has told jurors — who indicated that they were unable to reach a verdict — to continue to deliberate.

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman told the jurors Friday afternoon that they should try again to reach a verdict in the trial of former South Carolina patrolman Michael Slager.

The jury had sent the judge a message a 1 p.m. Friday that they wanted to hear the testimony of a man who took cellphone video of Slager shooting black motorist Walter Scott. Shortly after, jurors sent the judge a note saying they could not agree on a verdict.

Jurors have already deliberated about 14 hours over three days.

Slager is charged in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who was shot five times in the back while running from Slager during a traffic stop in North Charleston last year.

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