Judge denies request for change of venue in Michael Slager Case

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, S.C. (WCBD) — WCBD has learned new developments in the Michael Slager trial. The former North Charleston Police Office is charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott on April 4, 2015.

In a court hearing on Tuesday, November 2, a judge denied a request for a change of venue in the case.

According to Slager’s defense attorney Andy Savage, a move was requested out of the Charleston area due to media coverage.

Also, Circuit Judge Clifton Newman denied a defense motion to dismiss the indictment against Slager. They say the charge violates constitutional protections against double jeopardy. Slager also faces trial next year in federal court on several charges, including violating the civil rights of Walter Scott.

Slager fatally shot the 50-year-old Scott as he fled a traffic stop in North Charleston.

Newman denied the motion, saying Slager has been afforded all the due process afforded by the laws of South Carolina.

And he ruled that to dismiss the indictment based on grounds of double jeopardy, he would have to “overrule well-established doctrine.”

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