Prosecutors: Taser in Walter Scott murder case was not mishandled

Prosecutors: Taser in Walter Scott murder case was not mishandled
Walter Scott
Walter Scott

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Prosecutors say the taser in the Walter Scott murder case was not mishandled and that the DNA on the taser does not prove Scott touched it.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit released the statement in its response to Michael Slager's attorney's requesting a motion for findings of facts.

Attorneys for the former North Charleston police officer are questioning whether evidence has been compromised.

Slager's attorneys are concerned about how Slager's taser was tested for evidence and how that testing may have affected DNA on the taser.

"The taser has been preserved pursuant to this Court's verbal Order," read prosecutors response to Slager's attorneys' motion."It remains available for testing. The Defendant can demonstrate no impropriety on the part of the State in the handling of the taser or harm by the subsequent analysis by Taser International."

A SLED lab found DNA from two people on the taser and could not rule out that Walter Scott was one of those people.

Slager shot and killed Scott after he ran from a traffic stop in April.

Slager's defense is trying to prove that Scott got ahold of the taser and that Slager feared for his life. Slager's defense claims the DNA was not preserved when it was sent for additional testing.

Slager has been in jail since his arrest in April. He's scheduled to be in a hearing tomorrow on the status of his case.

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