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Walter Scott's son testifies in sentencing for Michael Slager, asks for harshest penalty

Slager Court Sketch (WCIV)

The youngest son of a slain black motorist has asked a judge to levy the stiffest possible sentence against the former police officer who shot his father to death.

Miles Scott asked a federal judge mulling how much time Michael Slager should spend in prison for "the strongest sentence the laws allow."

Scott's father, Walter Scott, died in April 2015 after Slager shot him in the back five times following a traffic stop. Slager has said he shot in self-defense because he felt threatened when Scott grabbed his stun gun.

Through tears, clutching a framed photograph of his father, Miles Scott said he has had trouble sleeping and misses watching football games with his dad.

Slager is being sentenced this week for violating Scott's civil rights. Federal prosecutors have asked for a life sentence, while Slager's defense attorneys recommend 10 to nearly 13 years.

The proceedings for Michael Slager could wrap up Wednesday, but likely will wrap Thursday.

Thus far, prosecutors and defense attorneys have put up more than half a dozen witnesses, several of whom have analyzed video and audio recordings of the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott.

Slager has said he shot Scott in self-defense, feeling threatened when Scott grabbed his stun gun. An expert who examined a stun gun used by Slager says the weapon could have been dangerous after its initial deployment.

Darko Babic (dar-KO bah-BIK) testified Wednesday he examined Slager's stun gun, and found the weapon was discharged six times the day of the shooting.

Babic also demonstrated the use of a stun gun in court, to show the difference between the loud noise made when the probes deploy and the more muted sound the Taser makes when used in direct contact with someone's skin.

Walter Humphries, Slager's former supervisor at NCPD, testified Wednesday that Slager followed proper protocols in his encounter with Scott during and after the traffic stop.

Humphries had been Slager's supervisor when the officer worked the night shift before switching to daytime duty. He helped demonstrate how officers are trained to disarm anyone with a weapon and said Slager acted appropriately.

Slager has been in jail since pleading guilty in May to violating Scott's civil rights through excessive force under color of law.

A year ago, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager heard a judge declare a mistrial in the state murder case against him for shooting an unarmed black motorist to death.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who prosecuted Slager for the state, was called to testify Wednesday by Slager's attorneys, Andy Savage.

Savage has long alleged state and federal officials unfairly teamed up on Slager.

Wilson says she had interacted with federal officials but couldn't recall specific contacts and hadn't planned prosecutorial decisions with them.

Judge David Norton Wednesday also allowed expert testimony blocked from the state trial. A forensic analyst testified Slager fought with Scott before their fatal encounter.

(ABC News 4 contributed information to this report)

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