Decisions on what's allowed in Slager's federal trial could be made today

FILE - Michael Slager talks about the shooting with another officer shortly after the fatal shooting of Walter Scott on April 4, 2015.

There's a pre-trial hearing today in the case of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.

Attorneys want to limit what prosecutors can tell jurors in the ex-cop's federal civil rights trial.

Slager shot and killed motorist Walter Scott during a 2015 traffic stop.

Documents show Slager's legal team wants a judge to limit prosecutors from bringing up anguish suffered by Scott's family or Slager's mental state.

The federal trial is set for May.

His state murder trial ended in a hung jury late last year.

Meantime, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson is defending the more than $6,600 Charleston County spent on its star witness Feidin Santana ahead of the state retrial.

Santana is the man who recorded cell phone video showing Slager shooting Walter Scott.

Wilson says Santana initially refused the county's offer to pay for his flight to Charleston.

He didn't want anyone to know his schedule. She says he asked to be reimbursed after the trial.

Slager's attorneys filed motions this week asking for more details about the costs, because Santana testified during the trial that he paid for his own ticket.

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