Technical Problem Creates 'Blackout' in Michael Slager Trial

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - A problem with the feed coming out of the courtroom in the Michael Slager murder trial blacked out part the most important testimony of the whole trial: the words of Slager himself.

Slager is charged with the shooting and killing Walter Scott following a traffic stop on April 4, 2016.

Slager took the stand at approximately 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, the first time in the three week long trial that he's spoken to the court. However, after less than five minutes, the feed was lost, due to a problem with the signal coming out of the courtroom. 

That feed is the only way that both media set up in a special room at the courthouse and the public at large have to monitor the trial.  At the time of the problem, defense attorney Andy Savage was asking Slager to describe the events of April 4, beginning with the start of his shift. 

The feed was fixed by 10:35, meaning nearly an hour of testimony wasn't seen by the public. The trial feed is continuing normally now. 

News19 reporter Chuck Ringwalt is in the courtroom, but due to the judge's rules, he is not allowed to have his cellphone or computer on, which means he cannot give live updates on the proceeding. 


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