South Carolina

Defense focus on seconds before shooting of black motorist

  • State Law Enforcement Division trace evidence examiner Megan Fletcher makes a presentation in the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    State Law Enforcement Division trace evidence examiner Megan Fletcher makes a presentation in the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager speaks to a member of the defense team during his trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop.(Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager speaks to a member of the defense team during his trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop.(Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defense attorney Andy Savage speaks during the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday Nov. 21, 2016. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    Defense attorney Andy Savage speaks during the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday Nov. 21, 2016. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The defense in the Michael Slager murder trial is focusing on the seconds before the white former South Carolina police officer shot and killed an unarmed black motorist.

Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled from a traffic stop. The shooting was captured on cellphone video that stunned the nation.

The defense, which contends the two men wrestled and Scott got control of the officer's stun gun just before the shooting, continues its case Monday.

Slager's trial is entering its fourth week in Charleston.

Last week, a video analyst testified that the shaky and blurry cellphone video shows the two men wrestled on the ground and Slager was entangled in Taser wires before the shots were fired.