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The Former Officer Who Shot Walter Scott Pleaded Guilty Today

The Former Officer Who Shot Walter Scott Pleaded Guilty Today

The civil rights aspect of the killing of Walter Scott has always been important to the Scott family, to our community and to our nation.

Slager, 35, was set to make a federal court appearance on Tuesday for motions related to his federal trial which was planned for later this month.

Slager, who is white, pulled Walter Scott over for a broken brake light in North Charleston on April 4, 2015.

Slager testified that he had tried to subdue Scott prior to the shooting with a Taser when Scott wrestled the Taser out of the officer's hands. Five of the bullets hit his body.

Slager's plea sidesteps a trial, which had been scheduled to start May 15.

The former North Charleston officer spoke little in court except to quietly answer the judge's questions. The plea agreement will conclude with Slager's admission to the count of excessive use of force.

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Michael Slager, 35, who was charged past year in a three-count indictment in connection with the shooting of Walter Scott, 50, entered a guilty plea in a Charleston federal court to one count of using excessive force. Members of Scott's family reportedly wiped away tears as details of the shooting were read in court.

It will be up to U.S. Judge Norton to sentence Slager. Slager says he shot Scott in self-defense because he feared for his life. Video, though, showed Scott running away, and an expert witness estimated that he was 17 to 18 feet away when Slager fired the first shot. While Slager sat in his patrol auto running his license, Scott bolted.

Wilson's statement said she had spent hours with Scott's family since his 2015 death following a traffic stop in North Charleston. This charge is considered a felony, and is punishable up to life in prison.

Although the traffic stop was initially routine, Scott soon jumped from his vehicle and began to flee. On the witness stand, Slager denied trying to plant evidence.

A police report says Sterling was initially jolted with a stun gun after he did not comply with the officers' commands to put his hands on the hood of a auto. The death of Walter Scott was seen worldwide after a bystander recorded it on his cellphone.

Slager also testified previous year that he regretted what happened, saying, "My family has been destroyed by it". My family's been destroyed by this.

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"The Scott family has been patiently waiting for this day. It's frightful", he said.

Slager's murder trial ended last December in a hung jury.

The former officer also is charged with using a gun while committing the civil rights offense and obstructing justice by intentionally misleading state investigators after the shooting. He could get up to life in prison and a 250 thousand dollar fine at sentencing, though prosecutors agreed to ask for more than 20 years behind bars.

That hearing will likely come after federal officials spend several weeks preparing a presentencing report.

Slager's defence lawyer, Andy Savage, confirmed the terms of the agreement after they were reported Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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