Defense lays out case in officer's shooting of black driver

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Posted: Oct 21, 2016 2:48 PM

Lawyers for a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the traffic stop shooting of a black driver are laying out most of their case in a pretrial hearing.

Attorneys for Michael Slager say the ex-North Charleston officer was left alone to patrol a high-crime area when he stopped Walter Scott for a broken brake light in April 2015.

Defense attorney Andy Savage also said Friday that physical evidence wasn't tested properly. He said there are indications that Slager was shot with his own Taser during a fight with Scott. Savage also called several of Slager's supervisors to testify. They said he was a good officer.

Savage had been trying to throw out the officers' statements, but he withdrew most of his requests after the officers testified.