Black motorist shot: Judge assigned to trial of ex-officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge has been assigned to hear the federal case against a white police officer who already faces a murder charge in South Carolina in the shooting death of a black motorist.

Court records show the trial of 34-year-old Michael Slager will be heard by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston. No trial date has been set.

An indictment unsealed last week charges Slager with depriving 50-year-old Walter Scott of his civil rights, obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon during commission of a crime.

A bystander’s cellphone video captured images of Slager, then a North Charleston officer, firing eight times as Scott ran from an April 2015 traffic stop. Slager was fired shortly after.

The case inflamed a national debate about how white officers treat blacks.