Accusations of witness intimidation emerge in Slager case

VIDEO: Accusations of witness intimidation emerge in Slager case

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Accusations of witness intimidation surfaced during a hearing Tuesday for Michael Slager.

Slager, a former North Charleston Police officer, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott in April of last year.

In court, Slager's attorney Andy Savage said the possible witnesses who are brothers, told him they were threatened by the FBI, State Law Enforcement Division and the solicitor's office.

"They said the investigator showed up, served a subpoena, that they were threatened not to talk to me, and not to change their story if I contact them," Savage told Judge Clifton Newman.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson told judge Newman no one in her office has harassed or threatened any witnesses.

Newman also told attorneys on both sides to confer on a general written questionnaire to be mailed to potential jurors. He also told them to work on a trial specific questionnaire for potential jurors who are called in.

Slager's state trial is scheduled for Oct. 31. He is also facing federal charges.

A trial date on the federal charges has not been set.

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