Defense hammers at state probe of SC black motorist shooting

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015, file photo, Michael Slager, left, stands as one of his attorneys, Cameron Blazer, guides him toward the podium in Charleston, S.C. Slager is charged in the April 4 death of Walter Scott after a traffic stop. City officials in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, with the family of Scott. (Leroy Burnell/The Post And Courier via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on the trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist

The attorney for the fired white officer who fatally shot black motorist Walter Scott is hammering away at what the defense calls a shoddy state investigation.

State crime scene investigator Jamie Johnson testified Wednesday that about two weeks after the shooting in April 2015 she returned to the scene because two additional bullets were recovered. She said that experts hired by defense attorney Andy Savage alerted investigators to the find.

On cross-examination by Savage, Johnson said she was not aware that local residents had discovered the bullets using a toy metal detector. She also testified that a Taser used by former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager was never checked for fingerprints. She also said it was swabbed for DNA. Almon Brown, another state investigator, said Tuesday that the genetic sample wasn’t tested.

The defense contends that Scott was shot after he wrestled with Slager and got control of the stun gun. A dramatic cellphone video shows Scott running away without the spent stun gun until Slager fires eight times at his back, felling him to the ground at a distance of dozens of feet.

Slager faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the case.

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