>> A jury weighing a murder charge against a former white South Carolina officer told a judge Friday they couldn't reach a verdict. Michael Slager is charged with killing an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, as the man was fleeing a traffic stop last year. The judge telling jurors who haven't been able to reach a decision after three days to quote, make every reasonable effort to reach a unanimous verdict.
If no verdict is reached, the judge would declare a mistrial and retry the case with a different jury. Prosecutors charged Slager with murder, but jurors could instead find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter. If they decide Slager killed Scott in the heat of passion, after provocation, rather than with malice.
Or they could acquit the former officer, if they believe he acted in self defense, because he feared his own death or serious injury. Slager who testified this week, appeared emotional at times, saying he felt total fear as Scott came toward him and that's why he pulled out his gun and opened fire.
But prosecutors argue Slager did not appear to be in any danger, when he fired eight shots at Scott.