Jury pool mostly white in black shooting death

CHARLESTON, S.C. A SC prosecutor accused a white former police officer on Thursday of staging a crime scene where he had just shot dead an unarmed black motorist, by moving a Taser closer to the handcuffed dead body so he could claim the victim had taken the stun gun.Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, 34, is on trial for murder over the shooting death of Walter Scott, 50.

The 34-year-old Slager is charged with murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott ran from a traffic stop in North Charleston in April of 2015.

The shooting was captured by a bystander on dramatic cellphone video.

Authorities say Michael Slager pulled Walter Scott over for a broken taillight.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the judge decided that point will be addressed when it is introduced into the trial.

They say the charge violates constitutional protections against double jeopardy. Slager's attorneys claimed state and federal authorities worked together to try to convict Slager, and his attorneys said he can not be tried twice for the same crime.

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"Slager was also charged with obstruction of justice for making false statements to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigators with the intent to impede the investigation into the shooting", the Justice Department said. He ruled that in order to dismiss the charges on those grounds, he would have to "overrule well-established doctrine". It did not capture the entirety of the encounter; nor did the dash cam video from Slager's cruiser, which recorded only the traffic stop itself. Ward said one big issue is every time there is a police shooting, many media outlets bring up the Scott shooting.

If the video were to be shown, Savage asked that it not be show in slow motion.

Attorneys agreed on 12 jurors and six alternates.

The primary panel consists of six white men, five white women and one black man.

The alternates consist of two white men, two white ladies, and two black women. A new juror was selected in his place.

In opening statements Thursday, prosecutors said Michael Slager may have been provoked when Scott grabbed his stun gun, but that didn't justify the shooting.

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The defense used nine of its 10 allocated strikes, objections that eliminate a potential juror from the roster.

Defense attorney Andy Savage gave legal reasoning for strikes and the challenge was dropped by the prosecution.

The National Action Network, meanwhile, has announced a round-table discussion in regards to the jury selection in the trial of Michael Slager as well as their opposition to the half-cent sales tax referendum proposed for Charleston County.

The prosecution challenged whether the defence was using only race as a basis for disqualifying them.

On Tuesday, the solicitor's office has indicated that Feidin Santana, who recorded video of the shooting, would be called, which suggests testimony will begin this week. Slager was an officer with the North Charleston Police Department at the time and says he stopped Scott's vehicle because a brake light was out.

11 a.m. The first witness, Walter Scott's son, 22-year-old Walter Lamar Scott, took the stand. Scott, a student, lived with his father when we wasn't away at school. Days later, cellphone video of the incident put worldwide attention on the case.

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