Slager's attorney on murder indictment: Another step in the criminal process

Slager's attorney on murder indictment: Another step in the criminal process

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An attorney representing Michael Slager released a statement calling Monday's Grand Jury indictment "just another step in the criminal process."

Michael Slager was indicted by a Charleston County Grand Jury on a charge of murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The indictment was announced Monday morning by Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.

Attorney Andy Savage, who is representing Slager, said in a statement the "grand jury is a formal step," and his office is reviewing the indictment.

Savage's complete statement is below:

We were informed by the Solicitor that the Grand Jury has indicted Michael Slager on the charge of murder. We do not know what other charge(s) (if any) the GJ considered. We have yet to be provided with the Discovery (state's investigation) material that we requested some time ago so we remain at a disadvantage in addressing any questions at this time. The GJ is a formal step, but just another step in the criminal process. Until we have an opportunity to fully evaluate the State's case and to compare it with our own investigation we will not be commenting on any aspect of the case.

North Charleston Patrolman First Class Michael Slager, 33, was charged with murder in the April 4 shooting of Scott.

Police say Slager shot and killed Scott moments after Scott fled from his vehicle during a traffic stop along Remount Road in North Charleston.

Cell phone video captured by a witness shows Slager firing several shots at Scott's back as the unarmed man attempted to run away.

Scott died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.

After the video's release, Slager was fired from the police department and charged with murder. He is being held in protective custody at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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