Attorneys requesting bond hearing for Michael Slager
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Attorneys representing Michael Slager in the murder of Walter Scott have requested bond for their client.
On Tuesday, attorney Andy Savage filed a motion for a bond hearing for Slager, who has been locked up in solitary confinement at the Al Cannon Detention Center since his arrest on April 7.
Slager's attorney says the motion for bond comes after a "significant delay" to review investigators evidence.
"Slager's initial request for discovery, filed on April 10, 2015 did not receive a response for two months, twice the permissible time allowed by South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure," the motion stated.
In addition, attorneys say that authorities who arrested Slager were "eagerly responding to media inquiries (until the prosecuting authority intervened), it acted with dubious reticence to timely provide Slager with the details of their investigation."
Authorities arrested Slager three days after a bystander recorded cellphone video of the former North Charleston police officer shooting Scott.
In June, a Charleston Grand Jury indicted Slager on murder for Scott's shooting death.
Investigators say Scott was shot and killed by Slager on April 4 after fleeing from his vehicle during a traffic stop that took place on Remount Road in North Charleston.
At the time of the shooting, Slager, 33, was a Patrolman First Class with the police department.
Reports state Slager claimed he shot Scott because he feared for his life following a physical altercation with the 50-year-old man, who was reportedly unarmed.
Video shot by a bystander surfaced in the days following Scott's death. The cell phone video showed Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran from the officer.
Officials say the video evidence led to Slager's arrest and murder charge.
Slager was initially placed on administrative leave while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigated the shooting.
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