Bond hearing set for ex-officer charged in shooting death

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 3:30 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A bond hearing has been set for a white former police officer charged in the death of a black South Carolina motorist who was shot as he ran away from a traffic stop.

Attorneys for Michael Slager will argue Aug. 27 before Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman that their client should be released on bail.

Slager, a former North Charleston police officer, is charged with murder in the April 4 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. A bystander's cellphone video showed Slager firing eight times as Scott tried to run away.

The shooting inflamed the national debate about how blacks are treated by white law enforcement officers.

Attorney Andy Savage, who represents Slager, said in court documents earlier this month that his client, who is being held in solitary confinement, should have a chance to seek release on bond.

"Given the circumstances of the conditions of his pretrial confinement, all of the circumstances of the alleged crime which led to his arrest, his low risk of danger to the community or danger to flee, certainly Slager should be granted a reasonable opportunity to argue the merits of his request," the motion said.

Savage said Tuesday he had no comment on the granting of the motion for the bond hearing but said he would be filing additional documents before the hearing in support of his client's release.

The local prosecutor did not respond to a message seeking comment.

In other court documents filed last week, Savage asked that the clothes that both Scott and Slager were wearing the day of the shooting be allowed to be sent to a lab in Illinois for independent analysis under ultraviolet light.

Another motion seeks the personnel records of all the State Law Enforcement Division agents who have worked on the case as well as audits and other reviews of the division's Forensic Services Laboratory.