Court documents: Slager does not want trial date changed

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The former North Charleston police officer accused of murder does not want the date for his trial changed, according to court documents filed Monday.

Attorneys for Michael Slager, who is charged in the April 4, 2015 shooting death of motorist Walter Scott, responded to a request from the prosecutor to change the date of the trial.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson requested the trial date either be moved up from Oct. 31 to August or postponed until May, 2017. The reason for the request involved the trial of Dylann Roof, who is facing nine counts of murder and additional charges in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting on June 16, 2015.

Wilson's motion came amid concerns work on the Slager trial might overlap with work on the Roof trial. A South Carolina State Supreme Court ruling excused Wilson and Chief Deputy Solicitor Bruce DuRant from appearing in other trials while they are prosecuting the Roof trial.

But in response to Wilson's motion to reschedule Slager's trial, his attorneys cite a portion of the transcript of the Dec, 4 hearing that set the trial date, in which the judge said, "When the trial date is set, it's going to be a fixed trial date. It's not going to be a moving target based on contingencies."

Slager's attorneys say Wilson has "viable alternatives" to moving Slager's trial date: either appoint one or more of her subordinates to prosecute Slager or seek a delay in the trial of Dylann Roof, who is accused in the shooting deaths of nine people at Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 16, 2015.

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