The Latest: Prosecutors rest sentencing case vs ex-officer

The Latest on the sentencing of a former South Carolina officer in the shooting death of an unarmed motorist( all times local ):

10: 45 a.m.

Prosecutors have rested their sentencing lawsuit against a white former South Carolina officer facing federal prison time for the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

A judge this week is deeming how much time Michael Slager should spend in prison. The officer has been in jail since pleading guilty in May to contravening Walter Scott’s civil rights.

Prosecutors rested their occurrence Tuesday. Slager’s lawyers called a forensic video analyst as their first witness.

On Monday, federal prosecutors put up three witness, including an FBI expert who analyzed a bystander’s video of the shooting. Agent Anthony Imel testified the video demonstrated Slager’s stun gun was behind him on the ground as the officer shot Scott following an April 2015 traffic stop.

Slager has said he shot Scott in self-defense after Scott grabbed his stun gun.


5: 20 a.m.

The cellphone video of a white South Carolina officer shooting an unarmed black motorist as he ran away is again being scrutinized in court.

Except this time, the audience is a federal magistrate choosing how long the policeman will expend in prison instead of a jury of 12 trying to decide if he’s guilty of murder.

The sentencing hearing for ex-officer Michael Slager continues Tuesday morning. It started a day earlier with his attorneys playing cellphone and dashcam video that depicted the traffic stop and the shooting itself.

The 36 -year-old former North Charleston police officer has been in jail since pleading guilty in May to transgressing Walter Scott’s civil rights.

Slager faces up to life in prison, but federal sentencing officials have recommended between 10 to virtually 13 years.

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