Slager expected to plead guilty in federal court

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is due back in federal court Tuesday and he may have worked out a deal.

According to an official briefed on the matter, Slager is expected to plead guilty to federal charges sometime this week, possibly as early as today (Tuesday).

We don’t know yet the charges he will plead to or whether this has any impact on the state prosecution.

Slager is charged with obstruction of justice over what he told SLED agents in the interview. He’s also charged with using a weapon to commit a violent crime, and violating Walter Scott’s civil rights under the color of law. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

Slager shot Scott in North Charleston in May 2015 following a traffic stop for a broken taillight. Scott ran away from the scene shortly after the stop. Slager gave chase, and the two men eventually wound up in a struggle.

A bystander videoed Slager shooting Scott multiple times as Scott again tried to run away following the altercation. Slager claims Scott took his Taser during the fight and tried to use it against him. Slager says he shot Scott in self-defense because he feared for his life.

The upcoming federal trial follows a state murder trial that happened this past winter during which the jury could not come to an agreement and a mistrial was ruled.

Slager’s federal trial is expected to begin in May.

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