- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A judge has ordered court officials to investigate whether a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the killing of an unarmed driver is poor enough to get taxpayer money for his defense.

Several news outlets report that Michael Slager’s defense attorneys told a judge Wednesday they haven’t been paid because Slager has no money. They want public funds for expert witnesses.

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman agreed to have Slager’s financial records reviewed and to consider the request to pay for the expert once he gets the paperwork. How much the defense wants to spend wasn’t disclosed.

Slager is awaiting trial for the April shooting of Walter Scott, who was pulled over for a broken brake light in North Charleston. Slager shot Scott as he ran away.

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