Slager's lawyers want testimony of solicitor unsealed ahead of sentencing

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Attorneys for Michael Slager have filed a motion asking for testimonies from the solicitor during a pre-trial hearing to be unsealed.

In the motion filed Friday, the ex-cop's lawyers say the transcripts contain testimony by Solicitor Scarlett Wilson and Deputy Solicitor Bruce Durant at a pre-trial hearing in October of 2016.

Slager's plea agreement allows Solicitor Wilson to say what she believes is an appropriate sentence for Slager on the federal charge.

Slager's lawyers say this is unprecedented and they want the previous testimony to be unsealed.

The former North Charleston police officer pleaded guilty to violating Walter Scott's civil rights when he shot and killed Scott after a traffic stop in April of 2015.

In May, Slager pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge. As part of a plea agreement, that guilty plea paves the way for additional federal and all state charges against him to be dropped.

The maximum penalties of the offense, would be a prison term of up to life, a fine of up to $250,000 and five years of supervised release. There is no mandatory minimum prison sentence or fine.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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