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Jury selection begins in Michael Slager trial

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Jury selection began on Monday in the murder trial of a former North Charleston police officer charged with shooting a motorist.

Michael Slager is charged in the April 4, 2015 shooting of Walter Scott who Slager pulled over for a broken taillight.

188 prospective jurors were called in on Monday, and by the afternoon, that number was reduced to 134.

The jurors were asked their name, employment, if they're married and their spouse's employment. 

412 people of the 600 summoned prospective jurors were either excused or not located.

More in depth juror questioning is expected to continue in Slager's murder trial which is being held in downtown Charleston. The jury being chosen in the state trial against Slager will have to decide whether he is guilty of murder.

Anther round of questioning will ultimately help attorneys and the judge decide who sits on the jury. 

Leaders of area civil rights groups and Charleston city and county officials also held a press conference on Monday stressing the importance of remaining peaceful as the trials for Michael Slager and Dylann Roof begin in the Lowcountry.

Meanwhile, Slager's attorneys are trying to get the murder charge dismissed. 

His lawyers are citing something called double jeopardy. It means you can't try someone for the same crime twice.

The attorneys claim the state and the feds worked together to try to convict Slager, so that means he would essentially be on trial for the same crime twice.

No word on when Judge Clifton Newman will hear the motion to dismiss the murder charge.

The incident came to light - and shocked a nation - after a bystander recorded it on cellphone video.

When the video became public, Slager was fired from the North Charleston Police Department and charged.

Slager's attorney says there is more to the incident than the brief video of the shooting.

Attorney Andy Savage says other parts of the video show a fight between the two men and a struggle over the officer's Taser.

Federal and local law enforcement say they will establish a safety zone area near the county and federal courthouses from Queen Street down to Tradd Street and From King Street over to Meeting Street. 

Law enforcement will be positioned in these locations to respond to situations that may arise during the trials.

No street closures are expected despite the increased security.

But Charleston County officials say no public parking will be allowed in county garages — King/Queen and Cumberland garages — for the next two to three weeks. 

Copyright 2016 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. 

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