Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

3rd day of ex-officer Michael Slager's sentencing wraps up

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Patty Aguilar | 07 December, 2017, 18:26

This week's sentencing hearings are a chance for Judge Norton to decide the basis for Slager's punishment: second-degree murder, as the federal prosecution is arguing, or manslaughter, as posited by the defense.

Judge Norton opened proceedings Thursday and said he believes it was second degree murder and that Slager committed obstruction of justice. Some shootings were justified; some were not. "Scott would never stop after I gave him multiple commands to stop", Slager said in November. His father followed by his sister and brother-in-law.

"Walter Scott never assaulted the defendant". He also recognized Feidin Santana for shooting the cell phone video and not backing down.

On April 4, 2015, Slager stopped the auto Scott was driving in North Charleston for a broken rear brake light.

He added that an incomplete statement is not a lie when it came to Slager's account of what happened on the day of the shooting.

The video that was shown in federal court had captions underneath, giving a transcript of what Slager and Scott said.

In addition, Fishman said Slager made no claims that Scott punched him, was on top of him or was stunned with the officer's taser by Scott.

Slager testified Scott was much stronger, and though he couldn't recall all the details, he remembered Scott wresting away his Taser and briefly pointing it at him.

During closing arguments, prosecutor Jared Fishman disputed that story.

The sentencing hearing reconvenes Tuesday morning and could last several days.

Scott said she heard her son groaning and in pain.

Hallimore testified during the State's murder trial in November of a year ago. It all started when Savage called Wilson as a witness without notifying prosecutors in advance.

On Monday, Savage repeated his criticism that the state and federal governments teamed up unfairly on his client. Prosecutors think it's murder, making Slager eligible for a life sentence.

The day began with a cross-examination of defense witness and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Charles Morgan.

He interviewed Slager in May of 2015. He broke down the cell phone video frame by frame and explained that he could see that there was a fight between Scott and Slager, when they were on the ground. Fishman said those statements aren't backed up by evidence. Scott's youngest son on Wednesday asked a judge to levy the harshest possible sentence. I miss watching football with him.

The shooting death renewed "Black Lives Matter" protests after Scott, a father of four, became the latest in a series of controversial killings of black men by police. He testified to the working conditions of the department including Slager's role and reputation. "It is time to call the shooting of Walter Scott what it was: It was a murder". Slager's first attempt to use the Taser on Scott did not stop him. That's when federal Judge David Norton said it looked like the taser was coming from Slager's right side.

Norton's sentence later Thursday will bring to an end one of the most notorious criminal cases in modern S.C. history, a case that attracted worldwide attention after a bystander's video of Scott's fatal shooting went viral on the Internet.

In the dashcam video, Slager is asking Scott questions about insurance and vehicle ownership. "I knew I was in trouble", Slager said.

"The expert testified he was able to hear Scott say "**** the police" before the two got into a fight.

Fredericks testified that from audio captured by a microphone on Slager he could hear the ex-cop call for backup and tell dispatchers to "step it up".

Anthony Imel, an Federal Bureau of Investigation expert specializing in audio and video analysis, testified Monday how he enhanced Santana's video to highlight where Slager's stun gun lay, on the ground, several feet behind the officer as he ran after and shot Scott.

Defense lawyers say Slager has accepted responsibility for the shooting.

Slager, who has been in jail since his plea, had pulled Scott over for a broken brake light in April 2015. Santana testified that the shooting was unnecessary. He said he shot the 50-year-old black motorist in self-defense after Scott tried to grab his Taser.

That's when Slager said he pulled the trigger.

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