CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ordered court officials to investigate whether a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the killing of an unarmed driver is poor enough to receive taxpayer money to help with his defense.
Several news outlets report that Michael Slager's defense attorneys told a judge Wednesday they haven't been paid yet because Slager has no money. They want public funds to pay for expert witnesses.
Circuit Judge Clifton Newman agreed to have Slager's financial records reviewed and to consider the request to pay for the expert once he gets the paperwork. How much the defense wants to spend wasn't disclosed.
Slager is awaiting trial for the April fatal shooting of Walter Scott, whom he pulled over for a broken brake light in North Charleston. Slager shot Scott after he began running.