CHARLESTON, S.C. – A lawyer for a South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was captured on video shooting a fleeing man in the back is trying to change the public's perception of what happened.
During a bail hearing Thursday, defense attorney Andy Savage said small amounts of cocaine were found in Walter Scott's system after he was killed April 4, and he suggested that Scott tried to take North Charleston officer Michael Slager's Taser and use it against him.
Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson called Slager an executioner who planted his Taser by Scott's body to try and cover up his actions.
Over the past five months, discussion of the case has been dominated by the cellphone video showing Scott running away and Slager shooting eight times at Scott's back.
The judge hearing the case said Thursday that he'll decide later whether to release Slager on bond.