Federal hearing planned for 2nd anniversary of Walter Scott shooting pushed back until April 21
A federal hearing for the former North Charleston policeman who shot Walter Scott has been rescheduled for later this month.
The proceeding had been slated for Tuesday, the second anniversary of Scott’s death, and would have been a chance for prosecutors and attorneys for Michael Slager to take up unresolved motions in the case.
It was reset for 9 a.m. April 21.
Slager’s civil rights trial is expected to start May 9 with jury selection at U.S. District Court in Columbia. Testimony will begin May 15 in downtown Charleston.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted of violating rights under the color of law.
Slager pulled over Scott’s car on April 4, 2015, for a broken brake light and soon chased after the running Scott. They got into a struggle. The officer said Scott grabbed his Taser and tried to use it against him, drawing his gunfire.
An eyewitness video showed Scott breaking free of the confrontation and running away. Slager fired eight bullets, hitting Scott five times from behind.