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):
Crime scene photos have been shown to the jury in the case of a white former South Carolina police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist.
Almon Brown is a former crime scene investigator for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division who testified Tuesday in the trial of Michael Slager.
The former North Charleston patrolman faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the April 2015 shooting of Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. The crime-scene photos jurors saw included those showing Scott's wounds.
Brown testified that as he worked the crime scene that day, he became concerned after examining Scott's body.
He said that it was obvious Scott had been shot in the back, not during a face-to-face confrontation with Slager as was indicated by the briefing he received when he arrived at the scene.
A former crime scene investigator for a local South Carolina police department says he responded to the scene where an unarmed black motorist was shot and killed by a white police officer but didn't do a complete investigation because he knew that would be done by state officials.
Scott Wyant testified Tuesday as the state's case against former North Charleston officer Michael Slager entered a fourth day. Slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted on murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott in April 2015.
Wyant served more than 20 years with the department. He said on cross-examination that he was told by his superiors in the department not to do a trace-evidence investigation on Slager looking for such things as gunpowder residue. Wyant said he had expressed his concern that doing so would be a conflict of interest.
Defense attorney Andy Savage has long questioned the adequacy of law enforcement's investigation and at one point filed a motion asking the court to look into what he contended was the state's destruction of evidence.
Wyant testified that agents of the State Law Enforcement Division handled the overall processing of the crime scene because their department is the one that handles shootings involving police officers in South Carolina.
Testimony in the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist is raising questions of how much force is justified.
Michael Slager is charged with murder in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who was shot in the back as he fled a traffic stop. The shooting was captured on cellphone video that stunned the nation.
The prosecution's case enters a fourth day in Charleston on Tuesday.
On Monday, police officers testified there are various levels of force officers can use to get suspects to comply. The lowest level being just their presence wearing a uniform which can be followed by voice commands, use of force and eventually deadly force.