Judge denies bond for Michael Slager

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge has denied bond for Michael Slager who is charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott.

Slager will remain in solitary confinement until his trial.

In Judge Newman's bond order he indicates that after consideration of all evidence presented, and the nature and circumstances of the offense, Slager's release would constitute "an unreasonable danger to the community," and the request for release on bond should be denied.

"During the hearing, Defendant and the State argued extensively and presented a substantial amount of evidence," Newman said in the order."The State presented persuasive evidence that included memoranda of interviews with Defendant, a memorandum of interview with the alleged eyewitness, and still images of the shooting that resulted in the death of Walter Scott."

Scott's brother, Anthony Scott, released the following statement regarding Slager's bail:

Today isn't cause for celebration, there are no winners or losers when one man has lost his life at the hands of another. 

Our family respects the judge's decision to deny bond for Michael Slager.  We trust in God and our prayer is that something like this never happens again to any family, anywhere.

We have full faith and confidence in the judicial system and understand that this is just part of a long process in our pursuit of justice for Walter.

At Thursday's hearing, Slager's attorney, Andy Savage, portrayed Slager as the victim, a stellar EMT and a stellar Coast Guardsman who received an Honorable Discharge and letters of commendation from the North Charleston Police Department.

Savage said on the day of the incident, it was Walter Scott who attacked Slager with Slager's stun gun.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson countered, showing photos taken from the cell phone footage of the shooting that showed the Taser on the ground before Scott attempted to flee from Slager.

Wilson said Scott wanted to get away because he did not want to pay child support, and said Slager 'become a firing squad and executed Walter Scott.'"

During his bond hearing, Slager asked the judge to release him on bond so he could see his newborn son and family.

Slager told the judge he is not a flight risk or danger to the community.

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