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Defense asks for delay in police officer's murder retrial

Posted 6:37 p.m. Friday

— Lawyers for a former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the April 2015 shooting of an unarmed black motorist are asking a judge to delay a planned retrial in March.

Local media outlets report lawyers for Michael Slager filed court papers Friday saying at least seven of their experts have conflicts with a planned March 1 trial start.

Slager's lawyers also say there've been no pretrial hearings and add nearly two dozen older murder cases in Charleston County should be tried first.

A jury deliberated over four days before deadlocking after the monthlong trial.

Slager, who's white, was charged two days after shooting Walter Scott in the back as the driver ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. The shooting was captured on a bystander's cellphone video.


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