CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge has issued an order that brain tissue from the autopsy of a motorist shot and killed by a former North Charleston police officer be provided to an independent laboratory for examination.
The defense team of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer accused of fatally shooting motorist Walter Scott on April 4, 2015, made the request at a hearing in March.
Judge Clifton Newman considered the request and ordered MUSC to transfer specimens to NMS Labs for a forensic examination.
The specimens, according to the court order, are to include brain tissue, a sample of the formalin that brain tissue has been preserved in and a control sample of formalin. Basic tissue and fluid postmortem toxicology tests are to be performed by the lab, the order states.
Newman's order specifies the defense team will pay for the testing and the delivery of the evidence must be accomplished within 10 days.