NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Federal officials are considering charging former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.
Slager is already facing state charges in the shooting death of Walter Scott last April.
It was Slager's attorney who told the judge about the government's interest in Slager.
Andy Savage says he heard federal authorities are considering filing excessive force charges against Slager.
Slager was in court on Friday when Savage broke the news to the judge.
The defense attorney says there is no minimum sentence for an excessive force conviction which he says means either life in prison or death by execution.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson told the judge she received a letter from the feds expressing their interest in Slager's case, but there has been no indication any federal charges are imminent.
Savage wanted a trial in March or April of next year.
Solicitor Wilson wants to hold it next November because she's busy preparing for the Dylann Roof trial.