Mistrial Declared For Former South Carolina Officer Who Murdered Walter Scott

A jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision in the case against former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager for the murder of Walter Scott.

“We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note to Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman.

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Newman then declared a mistrial a little before 4PM EST Monday (Dec. 5) and then proceeded to thank the jurors for their “hard work in trying to reach a unanimous verdict in this case.”

On April 4, 2015, following a daytime traffic stop, Slager shot Scott several times as he ran away. Footage from a bystander captured the horrific incident, which quickly made its way to media outlets and online. Almost a year after Scott’s murder, the jury began to deliberate last Wednesday and was deadlocked after one juror sent a note to the judge stating they couldn’t convict Slager. The jurors then asked for the weekend off and to resume deliberations Monday morning.

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During the trial, Slager expressed his regret and said he should’ve called for backup instead of chase Scott. “My family has been destroyed by this,” Slager said. “The Scott family’s been destroyed by this. It’s horrible.”

News of the mistrial quickly spread on social media with many angered by the outcome.