Jurors Ask Questions While Deciding Slager Verdict

Jury dismissed at 6PM and will continue on Friday at 9AM

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - Jurors in the Michael Slager trial couldn't reach a verdict by the end of the first full day of deliberations, but did have several questions for the judge as they weighed the ex-officer's fate.

Slager is the former North Charleston police officer who shot and killed 50-year-old Walter Scott on April 4, 2015.

He faces two charges now, murder and voluntary manslaughter, in the shooting death of Scott. Murder carries a penalty of at least 30 years in prison, while voluntary manslaughter is punishable from anywhere from 2 to 30 years behind bars. 

Jurors began deliberating around 5:45 pm on Wednesday. They then continued deliberations starting at 9:30 am on Thursday.

Around 3 p.m. jurors asked the court for a transcript of both Michael Slager's testimony and the testimony of Angela Peterson, an agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Peterson was one of the agents who interviewed Slager following the shooting. She said in her testimony that SLED had a copy of the cell phone video of the shooting and did not let Slager know, because they "wanted to let him tell the truth."

After Slager's account did not add up to what was seen on the video, SLED agents arrested him for murder.

Jurors were excused at 6 p.m. Just before leaving, however, they asked for the court to clarify the difference between "fear: and "passion."

They are expected to get Peterson's transcript Friday morning when they return for deliberations at 9 am.


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