Former SC police officer Slager case expected to last into December

FILE - This April 7, 2015, file photo provided by the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. A grand jury in Charleston on Monday, June 8, 2015,  affirmed the state of South Carolina's murder charge against Slager, who is accused of shooting an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office, File)
FILE - This April 7, 2015, file photo provided by the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. A grand jury in Charleston on Monday, June 8, 2015, affirmed the state of South Carolina's murder charge against Slager, who is accused of shooting an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office, File)

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

The trial of former police officer Michael Slager in the death of a black motorist is now expected to last into December.

Slager is standing trial for murder in South Carolina in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Slager was working for the North Charleston police department in April 2015 when he pulled Scott over during a traffic stop and then shot him.

A bystander caught the shooting on video, which sparked national outrage after it was shared on the internet.

Defense attorney Andy Savage told Judge Clifton Newman on Monday that he will need until Wednesday or Thursday of next week to present its case. Defense witnesses are coming to Charleston to testify from as far away as Washington state, New York City and Canada.

The case entered a fourth week on Monday. Before resting last week, prosecutors called 32 witnesses over nine days.

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