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Slager back in court for pretrial hearing in federal case

In this image from video, as Scott runs away, Slager pulls out his handgun and fires at Scott, who drops to the ground after the eighth shot. (AP photo)

Another hearing is happening today ahead of Michael Slager's federal trial.

Court documents show the judge will discuss pending motions in the case against the former North Charleston police officer. Slager was charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott. The upcoming federal trial follows a state trial that happened this past winter during which the jury could not come to an agreement and a mistrial was ruled.

Last month a judge said the cell phone video of that shooting will be allowed in federal court, despite efforts from Slager's attorneys to have it removed from the list of presentable evidence. The video shows Scott running from Slager and the then officer shooting him several times.

"Both sides have had this tremendous preview from their perspectives of what evidence is going to be," former S.C. attorney general Charlie Condon said. "I also think the Charleston community is ready for it to be resolved. So, I think they'll be those pressures that will be there with the participants."

Today's hearing was originally planned for a date a few weeks ago, but it was rescheduled. The trial is expected to begin in May.


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