By Eyder Peralta
A former North Charleston, S.C., police officer was indicted on murder charges in the killing of 50-year-old Walter Scott.
According to Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the indictment against Michael Slager was handed down by a grand jury this morning.
The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports:
“‘The prosecution work has just begun,’ Wilson said during a news conference. The solicitor said she just received last part of the State Law Enforcement Division file this morning.
“Wilson said she thinks a jury in Charleston County can be impartial in making decision in the case.
“Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage, said the indictment is ‘just another step in the process.'”
If you remember, the case came to national prominence when video of the incident shot by a bystander became public.
Slager had told investigators that he believed he had followed protocol when he shot Scott. But the video showed that Slager fired his weapon without a verbal warning and as Scott ran away from him.