Ex-police officer Michael Slager has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of unarmed Walter Scott.
In April, video surfaced showing Slager fatally shooting Walter Scott while he was running away after being stopped for a broken taillight.
Slager was charged with murder by state law enforcement agents almost immediately after the video surfaced. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson announced the indictment.
“The jury will make up its own mind after it sees the video and hears the other testimony,” Wilson said of Slager’s trial.
No trial date has been set.
Wilson said the state law enforcement agents had the video and could have shown it to the grand jury, but she is not sure if they did. In South Carolina, the investigating agency typically presents the case to a grand jury, not the prosecutor.Wilson said earlier the death penalty does not seem to apply because there were no aggravating circumstances such as robbery or kidnapping as required under South Carolina law.
The 33-year-old Slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted. He has been jailed without bond since his arrest.
Let’s hope they throw the book at him.