CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):
A state crime scene investigator says there was nothing nefarious about officers swabbing a Taser for DNA but not taking fingerprints from the stun gun an officer used before shooting an unarmed black motorist who was running away.
Almon Brown, who works for the State Law Enforcement Division, testified at the murder trial of fired North Charleston officer Michael Slager on Thursday that the weapon was processed according to lab protocol. Brown, who combed the scene for evidence following the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott, says there is no doubt from the evidence that there was a struggle between Scott and Slager.
The defense earlier questioned Brown about why no fingerprints were taken from the officer’s Taser, which the defense contends Scott got control of before the shooting.
A dramatic cellphone video seen worldwide shows Scott running away without the spent Taser and falling to the ground dozens of feet away from Slager after being shot five times in the back.
The prosecution is calling witnesses for a sixth day in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged in the death of a black motorist.
Former North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager is charged in the shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. Cellphone video that captured Scott being shot in the back stunned the nation.
As testimony begins Thursday, the prosecution has called 23 witnesses to lay out its case that although Slager may have been provoked by Scott running away, there was no justification for shooting him five times.
The defense has countered that the investigation was botched. Defense attorney Andy Savage noted Wednesday that people using a toy metal detector found bullets at the scene missed by state investigators.
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