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South Carolina ex-cop who killed black man to be sentenced

Monday, December 04, 2017 - 01:00

A U.S. judge on Monday will begin hearing evidence on whether former South Carolina policeman, Michael Slager who was caught on video shooting unarmed black man, Walter Scott in the back should spend the rest of his life in prison. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Two and half years after North Charleston police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, a sentencing hearing will decide whether Slager is to spend the rest of his life in prison. Slager pleaded guilty in May to a civil rights charge of using excessive force against Scott. As part of Slager's plea agreement, two other federal charges and the state murder charge against him were dropped. But at the hearing, prosecutors are expected to argue that Slager committed second-degree murder, which is punishable by life in prison... whereas Slager's lawyers say his underlying offense was voluntary manslaughter, punishable by 10 to 13 years jail time. Slager stopped Scott in April 2015 for a broken taillight. Scott tried to flee and a struggle ensued. After Scott broke free and ran, Slager shot him eight times.

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South Carolina ex-cop who killed black man to be sentenced

Monday, December 04, 2017 - 01:00