CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After a five-week trial and more than 24 hours of deliberation, the Michael Slager case has ended in mistrial.
The former North Charleston police officer is charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott.
A mistrial is one of the many possible outcomes in any jury trial. A mistrial does not mean this case is over. The wheels of justice will continue to turn.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says the state will try Michael Slager again with another jury.
I hope the Lowcountry will allow the judicial process to play itself out, and emotions on all sides will remain calm. Walter Scott's family and local civil rights groups are publicly saying while disappointed now, they are willing to wait until the next trial and are calling for peace.
Let's all join in that call for peace.
Mayor John Tecklenburg may have put it best when he said, and I'm quoting, "justice is not always delivered by a single jury, in a single courtroom, on a single day."