CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The trial of the former North Charleston police officer accused of shooting and killing a man after a traffic stop has adjourned for the week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Slager is charged in the April 4, 2015 death of Walter Scott. He told authorities he shot at Scott after the man ran from his vehicle and took hold of his Taser in a struggle on a yellow-paved lot in Charleston Farms, repeatedly called a high-crime area of North Charleston.
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n court on Wednesday, a defense witness who traveled from Toronto presented a three-dimensional model of the crime scene from a scan done by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.
Eugenio Liscio used a laser scanner to take measurements for the model and showed the jury how the scanner works before showing the model itself. Liscio said he also used the cell phone video shot by a bystander.
He was able to move his camera to show Slager's point of view at the scene on the day of the shooting. Slager's lawyers are trying to prove that Slager had to shoot Scott after Scott grabbed his Taser and pointed it at him.
Liscio was the only witness Wednesday and Judge Clifton Newman adjourned court at approximately 12:20 p.m.
Court will not be in session on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday, so testimony will resume Monday morning.
Defense attorneys told the court they anticipate three more days of testimony before wrapping their case. Closing arguments would then begin for both the defense and the prosecution.
In court Tuesday, Micheal Slager's defense team was building their case that Slager was a good officer who used force appropriately during his five years as a patrolman.
When called to the stand Tuesday, North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers made it clear that he didn't want to be in court. Driggers knew that defense attorney Andy savage was going to grill him about police department policies and minimum staffing requirements.
Savage claimed there were not enough officers on duty in the area of the shooting.
In his testimony, Driggers called Slager "a very good officer" and said he could recall receiving only one complaint about him. He said he was not aware of Slager ever being reprimanded by the department for misuse of force, misuse of his stun gun or misuse of his service revolver.
The last witness the defense called Tuesday was Darren Porcher, a former New York police officer and an expert on the use of force.
Porcher says Slager's use of a Taser in the incident was sound judgment since Scott did not comply with the officer. Porcher says he reviewed Slager's use of force over the five years Slager spent with the NCPD and never found anything inappropriate.
According to Porcher, the use of force is based on the situation the officer finds himself in. The defense argued Slager was patrolling solo in a high crime area and didn't have de-escalation training.
In cross-examination, the state argued that Slager used a taser in 14 other incidents, and Porcher didn't interview the people that were tased for his testimony.