Michael Slager's attorneys asking judge to reconsider bond

Published: Dec. 7, 2015 at 8:25 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 8:35 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Michael Slager's attorneys have filed a motion asking for the judge to reconsider bond for the former North Charleston police officer.

In September, a judge denied bond for Slager, who is charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott, stating the court found the release of the defendant would cause an unreasonable danger to the community.

In the new motion, which was filed on Monday, attorneys cite prosecutors' request that the murder trial be set for November 2016.

"Mr. Slager objects to a date that far in the future and promptly filed a speedy trial motion," court documents state. .

In addition, attorneys state Slager has been in solitary isolation at the Charleston County Detention Center for eight months, and since that time his "communications have been the subject of heightened scrutiny and invasion of privacy which appear to be completely divorced from any safety concerns of the CCDC staff."

According to Slager's attorneys, their client's ability to prepare for his trial has been "acutely constrained" by the lack of privacy.

The motion concludes by stating that Slager has also continued to face the "unacceptable choice on a regular basis of being hungry or sick due to the limitations of the CCDC staff to accommodate the dietary restrictions required by his health condition."

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