Prosecutors plan to retry police officer

Posted at 5:22 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 17:22:30-05

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say they intend to retry a fired South Carolina police officer whose murder trial ended in a mistrial on Monday when jurors could not reach a verdict.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Monday that she will retry the case against 35-year-old Michael Slager, who was being prosecuted in the death of an unarmed, black motorist Walter Scott. Jurors were also considering a lesser charge of voluntary man slaughter.

Slager also faces a trial in federal court next year on charges of depriving Scott of his civil rights.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and other community leaders urged calm as the trial began six weeks ago. Tecklenburg says he and many in the community are disappointed but that Slager will again be in court.

Slager was fired from the North Charleston police department after shooting the 50-year-old Scott during a traffic stop.