The Latest: Jurors view animation of black man’s death


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

The jury in the trial of a white former South Carolina patrolman is seeing an animation of the shooting of Walter Scott.

Michael Slager is on trial for murder in the shooting death of Scott, an unarmed black motorist killed as he fled from a traffic stop in April of 2015. The shooting in North Charleston was captured on dramatic cellphone video that stunned the nation.

A state witness, Bill Williams, compiled the animation from the cellphone video as well as dashcam video, drone footage of the scene and police call audio. He said he spent 500 hours putting it together and was paid $15,000 by the state.

The defense attempted Tuesday to block the animation from being entered as evidence arguing that Williams lacked the formal training to be considered an expert in crime scene re-creation.

But Judge Anthony Newman ruled prosecutors could introduce the video.

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3:20 a.m.

Jurors in the murder trial of a white former South Carolina patrolman who shot an unarmed black motorist will see an animation of the shooting before the prosecution rests its case.

Michael Slager is charged with murder in the April 2015 death of Walter Scott as the motorist fled a traffic stop. The shooting was captured on cellphone video.

The prosecution was expected to rest Tuesday, but lawyers spent much of the day arguing over the state’s final witness. The witness, Bill Williams, compiled the animation from cellphone and dashcam video, drone footage of the crime scene and police call audio.

The defense argued that Williams, who’s largely self-taught, didn’t qualify as an expert. Judge Clinton Newman ruled he could testify and jurors will see the animation Wednesday.

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