Judge will rule if police group pays Slager's legal fees
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A federal judge said Monday he will decide if a police advocacy group should pay the legal bills for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.
Slager is facing murder charges in the shooting death of Walter Scott last year.
Slager is suing the Police Benevolent Association for canceling his insurance policy right after the shooting.
Lawyers for both sides made arguments in front of U.S. District Judge David Norton.
The PBA wants Slager's lawsuit thrown out. The PBA claims when Slager shot Walter Scott it was not part of his job description and they should not have to pay his legal fees.
The PBA also claims that Slager planted his Taser next to Scott's body and lied to authorities and the State Law Enforcement Division.
In court Monday, an attorney for the PBA said Slager called their hotline after the shooting.
Slager was assigned attorney David Aylor.
Aylor d ropped Slager as a client after cell phone video surfaced showing the Scott shooting.
In his court filing, Slager says the PBA violated a contract that promised unlimited legal aid if he's involved in a shooting.
In court papers, Slager also said he's innocent until proven guilty.
Slager was not in court Monday.
Judge Norton didn't indicate when he might make a ruling.
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