South Carolina

The Latest: Jury pool mostly white in black shooting death

The Latest on the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

The pool from which a jury will be selected to hear the case of a white former South Carolina policeman charged in the shooting death of a black motorist is predominantly white.

Figures released by the clerk of court in Charleston County show that of the pool of 75 qualified jurors, 55 are white, 16 are black and the rest are of other races. The pool resulted from two days of juror qualification, most of which was done behind closed doors.

Attorneys are using their strikes on Wednesday morning to select a jury of 12 people and six alternate jurors to hear the case of Michael Slager.

The 34-year-old Slager is charged with murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott ran from a traffic stop in North Charleston in April of 2015.

The shooting of Scott, who was unarmed, was seen around the world after a bystander recorded it on his cellphone.

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4:15 a.m.

A jury is being seated in the trial of a former South Carolina policeman charged with murder in the shooting death last year of an unarmed black motorist.

Attorneys will use their strikes Wednesday and seat the jury, which will decide the case of 34-year-old Michael Slager. Opening arguments could come later in the day.

Slager, a former North Charleston officer, faces 30 years to life if convicted in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Scott was killed as he fled a traffic stop after being pulled over for a broken taillight.

The shooting was captured by a bystander on dramatic cellphone video.

The defense has asked the judge to keep the video out of the trial. It shows Scott being shot eight times in the back.