CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The lawyer for a North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed motorist after a traffic stop said state police missed two bullets found by private investigators at the shooting scene two weeks later.
Michael Slager’s lawyer is asking a judge to require the State Law Enforcement Division to preserve all its evidence in the case, according to a court filing obtained by The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/1Tcgi3n).
Attorney Andy Savage said he just isn’t worried about the bullets, one of which matched Slager’s gun, but also a three-dimensional scan of the scene deleted by SLED agents because it wasn’t done properly.
Retaining all the evidence is vital with Slager’s freedom on the line, Savage said. He faces up to life in prison if convicted in the April shooting of Walter Scott as Scott ran from a traffic stop.
“The prosecution of Michael Slager has attracted a high degree of local interest, as well as nationwide media scrutiny,” Savage wrote. “Even the most unsophisticated law enforcement agency knows it has a duty to preserve all potentially relevant evidence under these circumstances.”
SLED and prosecutors told the newspaper they can’t comment on the ongoing investigation.
Savage said prosecutors have cooperated with his requests for information, but SLED has refused to release information he and his lawyers have requested.
The bullets were found by the private investigators on April 20, more than two weeks after Scott was killed. The investigators did not bother the bullets, calling deputies, who then called SLED.
One of the bullets was matched to Slager’s police-issued pistol, while the second was in such poor condition, it could not be compared, Savage said.
Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com
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