Federal trial against Michael Slager pushed to 2017

Former North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager talks with his attorney Andy Savage before a hearing in front of Judge Clifton Newman in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. The state judge approved bail Monday for a former South Carolina police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist. (Brad Nettles/The Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — Tuesday’s pretrial hearing in the federal case against Michael Slager lasted only minutes.

Slager is the former North Charleston Police Officer charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott.

In the pretrial hearing, the prosecution said its discovery contribution is about complete. Now Slager’s defense team will do the same.

U.S. District Judge David Norton asked attorneys about scheduling the federal trial. He said the process could start as early as September.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Klumb requested postponing the federal trial until next term and allow the state trial to happen first.

Judge Norton agreed. He ruled the federal trial will happen after January 1, 2017.

In the state case, Slager is charged with murder. He faces civil rights charges in the federal case.

The state trial is set to begin October 31, 2016.

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