Prosecution Rests In Michael Slager Trial

Michael Slager is charged with the murder of Walter Scott.

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the trial of Michael Slager.

Slager is the former North Charleston Police officer charged with the murder of Walter Scott. Slager pulled Scott over for a broken taillight in April of 2015. Scott fled the scene and moments later, Slager fired at him as he was running away.

Scott died as a result.

After nine days of 32 witness testimonies that state has presented the jury with facts about this case that they hope will allow them to make a decision that would find Michael Slager guilty of murdering Walter Scott.

This comes in the third week of the trial.

Since the trial began, the jury has heard from Scott's family members and friends, the man who recorded the cell phone video of the shooting, numerous officers with North Charleston Police Department, agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, experts in the field of forensics, scene recreation and a representative from Taser International.

On Wednesday the the jury heard from two prosecution witnesses, Bill Williams and SLED agent James Talllon, but it was Williams testimony that took up most of the day.

Williams was admitted as an expert in expert in computer technology, scene analysis and recreation, video syncing, animation and timeline. He created a possible timeline of what may have occurred between Slager's dash cam video and the cell phone video of the shooting.

During cross examination, the defense argued that Williams' measurements may have changed due to the way they are presented on different monitors including when showed to the jury, which may change their perspective of how far away Slager seemed to be from Scott when he shot him.

"Would it be correct to say that as you stretch the images, the objects appear farther apart?" defense attorney Don McCune asked.

"Inadvertently, yes. It does," Williams said.

Throughout testimony, the defense has made every effort to discredit the state's argument.

Now, the defense will present their own witnesses. Closing arguments will follow.

Six white men, five white women and one black man make up the primary panel of jurors. Two white men, two black woman, one white woman and one Hispanic woman are serving as alternates. 

For the latest updates you can follow News 19's Chuck Ringwalt and Loren Thomas.

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