Two and a 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 right charge of using excessive force against Scott.
As part of Slager's plea agreement, two other federal charges in 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 15 years jail time.
Slager stopped Scott in 2015 for a broken tail light, Scott tried to flea and a struggle ensued. After Scott broke free and ran, Slager shot him eight times.>>