Bail set for ex-officer charged with murder of unarmed man in South Carolina: newspaper

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 04, 2016 5:06 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A judge set bail at $500,000 on Monday for a white former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina last year, local media reported.

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager will be on house arrest if he is released from custody, the Post and Courier reported. He has been jailed since his April arrest in the death of Walter Scott, whose fatal shooting was caught on video by a bystander.

Judge Clifton Newman set Slager's trial for Oct. 31, the newspaper reported.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Leslie Adler)