Court releases full jury charges in Slager trial

Court releases full jury charges in Slager trial
Michael Slager's attorneys have filed the opening brief in his appeal case. (Source: Pool)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The court released the instructions issued to the jury in the trial of the former North Charleston police officer charged in the death of a man who fled a traffic stop.

Michael Slager is facing a charge of murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting of Walter Scott.

Judge Clifton Newman has also ruled the jury can consider a charge of voluntary manslaughter as an alternative to murder.

A conviction on the charge of murder would mean Slager would face 30 years to life in prison. If convicted on the voluntary manslaughter charge, Slager would face a sentence of between two and 30 years.

The full transcript of Newman's instructions to the jury is below.

The jury began its second full day of deliberations on Friday.

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