Anthony Scott: "I don't think that is a very wise thing to do."

Walter Scott's brother, Anthony, takes the stand in the Michael Slager murder case

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - Thursday was the fifth day of testimony in the murder trial for Michal Slager.

Slager is the former North Charleston Police officer charged with killing Walter Scott, an unarmed man, whom Slager pulled over for a broken brake light in April of 2015.

As Slager went to run Scott's identification card, Scott fled the scene. Slager chased after him and a struggle ensued before Slager fired at Scott as he was running away.

So far the prosecution has presented 27 witnesses and it was on Thursday when the jury heard from more SLED agents and the brother of Walter Scott.

Anthony Scott took the stand for a relatively short testimony.

It was the fourth testimony of the day, but the first where lead prosecutor Scarlett Wilson asked the questions.

Anthony said that he and his family called Walter by his middle name, Lamar, and the last time he talked to him was four days before he died.

He testified that he was aware that his brother was having car issues, but when he told him what type of car he bought, he told him that he didn't think that it was a good idea.

"After he sent me the text and showed me that it was a (Mercedes) Benz and I saw the (Mercedes) Benz I was very troubled because I said that's a Mercedes Benz. You live in North Charleston and you know that's a highly profiled area and I don't think that is a very wise thing to do," Anthony said.

The defense decided not to cross-examine Anthony Scott. Lead defense attorney Andy Savage did offer his condolences.


Earlier in the day, the defense argued that there was a struggle and that the shooting was out of self defense, but SLED forensic scientist, Samuel Stewart's testimony suggested otherwise.

He testified that Slager's DNA was not found under Scott's fingernails.

The SLED agent who interviewed Slager after the shooting also testified.

He said Slager told him that he tased Scott three times, twice with a cartridge and once using the drive-stun mode.

The interview he referred to took place before Slager saw the cell phone video.

"We decided to not initially disclose the video or show it. We wanted an opportunity to see if he would tell the truth about the incident and we were also concerned about the potential that if we began by revealing the existence or showing the video that the defendant may chose not to speak and we would get nothing," Lieutenant Charles Ghent said.

Court will be in recess until Monday since tomorrow is Veteran's Day.

(© 2016 WLTX)


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