Death penalty doubtful in shooting
A lawyer says it looks unlikely that the death penalty can be sought in the case of a black South Carolina man who was fatally shot as he ran from a white police officer.
Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott. The April 4 shooting was captured on video and showed Slager firing eight shots at Scott as he ran after a traffic stop.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson released a statement earlier this week saying that, based on the facts so far, the death penalty does not appear to apply.
Under state law, death can only be sought in a killing with aggravating circumstances such as robbery or kidnapping.
In the meantime, court documents show the case has been assigned to a black judge: Clifton Newman of Kingstree.