Slager Retrial Set for March Ahead of Federal Civil Rights Trial

Michael Slager/WCIV

Michael Slager/WCIV

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager’s state murder retrial has been added to the docket for March 1.

Slager’s first trial ended in a hung jury after five weeks of testimony and days of deliberations.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she was willing to retry the case again as soon as it could be added to the court schedule, however it was not expected to be added so quickly.

Slager’s federal civil rights trial is set to begin once jury selection is completed on May 1. That means Slager could be moving from state court to federal court with little time between trials next spring.

It’s all part of a busy trial schedule in downtown Charleston.

Emanuel AME Church gunman Dylann Roof’s federal sentencing hearing is set to begin next week, and his state murder trial is slated to begin on Jan. 17. That case could take several weeks, possibly butting up to Slager’s retrial.

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