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.