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S. Carolina officer accused of killing unarmed man requests publicly funded lawyer

S. Carolina officer accused of killing unarmed man requests publicly funded lawyer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A former South Carolina police officer accused of killing an unarmed man running from a traffic stop has asked a judge for a publicly funded lawyer to represent him.

Michael Slager made that request Tuesday during a hearing in Charleston.

The judge said he'll issue a ruling later.

Slager was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Walter Scott in April of 2015.

Slager's first trial ended in a hung jury.

His re-trial is set for August.

Slager is also scheduled to go on trial in federal court in May on charges he violated Scott's civil rights.

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