#WalterScott Shooting: Jury selection begins for the murder trial of officer Michael Slager

walter-scott-shootingJury selection is underway for the murder trial of former South Carolina cop Michael Slager, who shot and killed unarmed motorist Walter Scott during a traffic stop in early April 2015 in what prosecutors have alleged is murder, PEOPLE confirms.

On Monday, potential jurors began being interviewed in a Charleston, South Carolina, court room as Slager’s attorneys recently sought either a dismissal of the entire case or an alternate venue for the 34-year-old’s impending trial, a court official tells PEOPLE.

He has pleaded not guilty and faces 30 years to life without parole if convicted. Jury selection will take at least two days, according to the Associated Press.

Slager is charged with murder for repeatedly shooting Scott, 50, in the back as Scott ran away from him following a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina, on April 4, 2015.

A bystander recorded part of the incident on video, and the release of the footage — which contradicted how authorities had described the altercation in the immediate aftermath — sparked outrage and spurred further protests about the use of force by police officers against African-Americans.

Slager was fired by the North Charleston Police Department soon after the video of the shooting was made public. His police chief said he was “sickened” by the footage.

Prior to his arrest, Slager claimed he was acting in self-defense, and his defense team has alleged that Scott was reaching for Slager’s Taser in some kind of attack before he turned and fled.

Scott was shot multiple times, according to the medical examiner.

L. Chris Stewart, lead attorney for Scott’s family, tells PEOPLE his clients will be in court on Wednesday, once a jury has been settled on.

Stewart says he is warning the family the trial will be tough to handle at times.

“I’m advising them not to be shocked or surprised or upset by anything they hear, and that they will hear some of the most ludicrous and desperate excuses from Slager and his team,” Stewart says. “I expect this to be one of the most ludicrous defenses ever.”

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91 Responses to #WalterScott Shooting: Jury selection begins for the murder trial of officer Michael Slager

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  10. What? That was quick.

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  13. Finished? What was the point in calling these ppl to the stand other than to smear the victim? It’s so disgusting.

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  16. Joe Walsh was behind on child support payments but he got elected to Congress. But that’s ok, right? *wink* *wink*

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  17. Oh look. Putting the victim on trial. Let the smearing begin. #Amerikkka

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  27. Love how he speaks about killer cop’s stellar record after video shows him shooting a man in the back 8X’s as he runs away.

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  38. DENIED!

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  40. NOT TODAY, SATAN!

    #MichaelSlager Judge Newman: I am not swayed by the quality of the testimony of the three witnesses, DENIES denies motion to change venue.

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  43. WILD

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  50. #MichaelSlager Ward says she’s seen the cellphone video of the #WalterScott shooting,but says she doesn’t believe video released to the media is complete video.

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  51. Defense trying to get the video of the murder tossed. Good luck with that!

    Savage says 95% of jurors had seen the video. “It’s not just availablity of media coverage, it’s the intensity of that coverage and the false narrative.”

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  56. Much less media? OK. *rolls eyes*

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  65. The deck is stacked

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  71. yahtzeebutterfly says:

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  72. Get ready, folks! We might hear some wild ISH in this trial.

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  73. Unfreakingbelievable! Shorter: Judge, toss the video of my client shooting Walter Scott in the back 8 times as he runs away. What GALL!

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  76. Walter Scott was shot 8 times as he ran away. Who the hell is the victim then?

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    • Ametia says:

      Well Michael Slager’s the victim, DON’T YOU KNOW!

      Walter Scott was painted the criminal from jump.

      It’s so maddening, these trials for the white killer cops. They only prove to serve and paint them as the big, bad, defenders of law and order, of justice.

      It’s fucked up this system.

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  78. Ametia says:

    These trials are a farce.

    You have VIDEO EVIDENCE of a BLACK MAN running, back facing cop, and the cops GUNS him down in cold blood.

    What the fuck do you need this dog and pony show for?

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  79. Ametia says:

    THIS MOFO NEEDS TO GO DOWN, AND DOWN HARD.

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