#MichaelSlager Trial | Verdict Watch

michael-slager-tearsIn closing arguments this afternoon in the state trial of former police officer Michael Slager, who is accused of murdering an unarmed black man in South Carolina, the defense blasted the media for creating what was described as a false narrative, while the prosecution told the jury, “You can get it right.”

Slager, who is white, is accused of killing Walter Scott at a traffic stop on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston while Slager was an officer with the city’s police department.

Witness video that surfaced shortly after the deadly encounter appears to show the moment Slager fatally shot Scott as he ran away. The video garnered national attention, propelling Slager into the spotlight. He was fired from the force after the shooting, according to The Associated Press.

Slager has pleaded not guilty to murder. His attorneys have said the witness video doesn’t show the whole struggle between Slager and Scott, and does not give the perspective of events from Slager’s point of view.

In this state trial, the jury can now also consider a voluntary manslaughter charge, officials told ABC News today. The voluntary manslaughter charge was requested by the prosecution and the judge allowed it based on testimony he heard during the trial.

“The court must let the jury decide if the force used was reasonable,” Judge Clifton Newman said today. “That’s the essence of the case.”

In the prosecution’s closing arguments, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson described murder and voluntarily manslaughter. She said murder involves malice, which “has to be in the mind before the shots are fired.” She said malice is a feeling and an emotion. Voluntarily manslaughter, meanwhile, “is an unlawful killing in the heat of passion,” Wilson said.

Wilson said jurors must decide the difference between heat of passion and malice “because from a distance they can look the same.”

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183 Responses to #MichaelSlager Trial | Verdict Watch

  1. Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Walter Scott….

    Thank God for #FeidinSantana filming the shooting of #WalterScott. If not for his video #MichaelSlager would have gotten away with murder.

    A Change Is Gonna Come

  2. Breaking News: #MichaelSlager sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of #WalterScott

  3. Now that you’re going to held accountable you wish this would have never happened.


  4. So hard. The image of their loved one getting shot down will stay with them forever. May God help them through the pain.



  5. Ametia says:

    To the family of Walter Scott:

    Please hold out for God’s Mercy. Thy WILL be DONE.

    • Ametia says:

      What did Solicitor Wilson call that POS jury?

      How about not having an ALL WHITE JURY for the next trial 11-WHITES & 1 BLACK JUROR?

      UM, NO,



  6. Breaking: Scarlett Wilson: “We will try #MichaelSlager again.”

  7. I want to cry. Such hopelessness & despair.

    Taney’s law: Blacks have no rights which the white man is bound to respect. #MichaelSlager

    • Ametia says:

      WTF we saw this coming. SHAMEFUL, CRIMINAL, REALLY.

      All the define this term and that term was just a dog & pony show to fake actual du diligence.


  8. OMG! A murder captured on video means nothing? This racist hell-hole of a country.

  9. OMG! The judge is bringing out the jury out to declare a mistrial in the #MichaelSlager trial. Racist bigots refusing to convict a killer cop. America is a racist hell-hole!

  10. Bullshit! How so when Walter Scott was clearly away from ANY contact with Slager and RUNNING AWAY? White supremacy got damn!


  11. I hope this does it and they don’t come back with another bullshit question. Enough already. Convict this killer cop!


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Livestream and updates at this link:

      Excerpt from above link:

      In a letter apparently written by one juror and signed by the foreman, the jurors asked a series of questions:

      Why was voluntary manslaughter offered?
      What is sufficient legal provocation?
      What is imminent danger?
      Define forethought in murder, is there a time limit? Is one second enough time or does it have to be longer?
      Does self defense apply to police the same as an ordinary person?

      Defense attorney Andy Savage again requested a mistrial, citing the letter sent Friday by another juror who said he could not vote guilty. He pointed to the letter saying it seems more have left their positions and are undecided. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she was preparing a draft response to hand to the court for consideration.

      Judge Clifton Newman denied the motion for mistrial again, and said he would give the attorneys a chance to answer the questions if they want. Newman said the court had an obligation to answer questions if the jury can break its deadlock and reach a verdict.

  12. Ametia says:

    So they heading for a mistrial or what?

    • eliihass says:

      Wonder how difficult it’d be for this same jury to reach a consensus…return a unanimous verdict, had a black cop shot a white man running away from him during a supposedly routine traffic stop …

      They certainly wouldn’t be deadlocked…and there certainly won’t be a hung jury..

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Overwhelmed with sadness

  13. Judge sees right through this bullshit. The video is clear enough. Convict this killer cop.


  14. Ametia says:

    the call is on

  15. I’m cussing because this makes no sense. They have the got damn video. It can’t be anymore clear.

  16. Deliberating for 10 got damn hours & at the end of the fking day want to know the difference between “fear” and “passion” FOH

    • Ametia says:

      Remember, SG2, there are 11 white jurors deliberating, who are most likely ‘FEARFUL’ of black people, even though they say they are impartial.

      When you can’t use good common sense, and no heart to recognize 1. Black people are HUMANS 2. MR. SCOTT WAS SHOT IN HIS BACK WHILE RUNNING AWAY


  17. Well here we go again with this fuckery. #MichaelSlager jury want to know the difference between “fear” and “passion”.


    • eliihass says:

      Please someone explain to me how an armed police office who is in complete control of a traffic stop scene…so in control and comfortably cocky….can now with a straight face claim to have been in ‘fear’ for his life from an unarmed man running away from him…and in the opposite direction..

    • Ametia says:

      In REALITY, you can’t claim self defense when a moving body is running away from you with their BACK TURNED to you.

      No fucking way can this piece of shit get away with self defense.

  18. Ametia says:

    Is anyone HOPEFUL that Slager’s going to be CONVICTED?

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