Slager Trial: Jury Hears Testimony From Crime Scene Investigators

Jury hears from crime scene investigagors in the Michael Slager trial

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - Witness testimony continued Tuesday in the murder trial for Michael Slager.

Slager is the former North Charleston Police officer charged with shooting and killing Walter Scott.

In April of 2015 Slager pulled Scott over for a broken brake light. Scott fled the scene and a few minutes later, Slager shot Scott as he was running away.

Jurors heard from three prosecution witnesses, all of whom were crime scene investigators when the shooting took place.

The first two witnesses, Scott Wyant and Jacqueline Ong, worked for the North Charleston Police Department's Crime Scene Investigation unit.

And the final witness, Almond Brown, is a former investigator for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The prosecution took their time questioning each witness, combing through all of  the evidence, including Slager's taser, his uniform, the cuts and bruises he received and photographs of Scott's body.

Before those photos were shown Scott's family members were given time to leave the courtroom.

During cross-examination the defense questioned each witness on their ability to fully process the crime scene, but specifically asked Wyant why the NCPD and his unit did not fully complete their own investigation in addition to what SLED would complete.

"I didn't want there to be any appearance of impropriety, so I instructed Deputy Chief Deckert that I didn't think that it was a good idea to do the GSR (gun shot residue) kit on Officer Slager's hands (and) that I thought that it would be more appropriate for that because we normally let SLED do that and not get so involved. He said that he would tell the Chief and they came back and said, 'That's fine, but go ahead and take the pictures,' so I went ahead as instructed and took the pictures," Wyant explained.

Court adjourned for the day shortly after 4 p.m.

Even though all of the jurors voted before Tuesday, Judge Newman wanted to give the attorneys and others in the courtroom time to get to the polls.

Court is set to pick back up Wednesday at 9 a.m.


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