South Carolina

The Latest: Slager jury deliberates more than 12 hours

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

12:55 p.m.

Jurors deciding the fate of a white former South Carolina patrolman charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist have now deliberated more than 12 hours in the case.

The jury began its discussions in the Michael Slager trial on Wednesday evening. Deliberations entered a third day on Friday.

Slager is charged in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, a motorist who was shot five times in the back while running away from a traffic stop in North Charleston in April of last year.

The shooting was captured on cellphone video by a man walking to work. It was shown widely by the media and shared on the internet and stunned the nation.

The 35-year-old Slager was fired and charged with murder after the video surfaced.

The jury can also consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

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9:55 a.m.

Deliberations in the Michael Slager murder trial in South Carolina have entered a third day as jurors weigh the fate of a fired policeman charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman told the jurors Friday morning that the court could not tell them how the heat of passion may differ from fear. The jury asked the question late Thursday but the judge said that's an issue jurors must decide.

Slager testified he feared for his life when he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott fled a traffic stop.

The jury can return a verdict of voluntary manslaughter, which is killing someone in the heat of passion. The shooting of Scott was captured on a cellphone video that stunned the nation.