South Carolina

Jury being selected in white ex-officer's murder trial

In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 photo, Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager sits in the courtroom, in Charleston, S.C. Slager, who turns 35 next month, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the April 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The requests are among a flurry of motions attorneys for Michael Slager have filed in recent days. Jury selection begins next Monday, Oct 31, 2016, in Slager's murder trial. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)

In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 photo, Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager sits in the courtroom, in Charleston, S.C. Slager, who turns 35 next month, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the April 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The requests are among a flurry of motions attorneys for Michael Slager have filed in recent days. Jury selection begins next Monday, Oct 31, 2016, in Slager's murder trial. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

Jury selection is entering a second day in the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

Michael Slager is charged in the April 2015 death of Walter Scott as he ran from a traffic stop. The case attracted worldwide attention after being captured on dramatic cellphone video by a bystander.

During the first day of the trial, the pool of about 190 potential jurors was whittled down to about 130.

Community leaders are calling for calm and unity as Charleston deals with two high-profile cases with racial overtones.

Jury selection resumes next week in the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is white, in the shooting deaths of nine black church members.