CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – The Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Monday a Charleston County grand jury has indicted Michael Slager on murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson made the announcement during an 11 a.m. news conference at the Charleston County Solicitor’s Office. Wilson said the grand jury returned the murder indictment against Slager Monday morning.
Murder was the only charge presented to the grand jury to consider for an indictment, Wilson said. The charge carries a sentence of 30 years to life in prison without parole.
A trial date has not yet been set.
Despite outside pressure to remove Wilson from the case, the solicitor said she will not be stepping aside from what will be her first murder case against an officer, and is confident Slager will get a fair trial in Charleston County.
Attorneys and the family of Scott spoke after the news conference, saying the indictment is only the first step. Attorney Chris Stewart said a civil suit will be filed in the next few months.
Scott’s brother, Rodney, said the family is happy with the murder indictment. (link)
Michael Slager’s attorney responded to the news:
[…] Attorney Andy Savage, who is representing Slager, said in a statement the “grand jury is a formal step,” and his office is reviewing the indictment.
Savage’s complete statement is below:
We were informed by the Solicitor that the Grand Jury has indicted Michael Slager on the charge of murder. We do not know what other charge(s) (if any) the GJ considered. We have yet to be provided with the Discovery (state’s investigation) material that we requested some time ago so we remain at a disadvantage in addressing any questions at this time. The GJ is a formal step, but just another step in the criminal process. Until we have an opportunity to fully evaluate the State’s case and to compare it with our own investigation we will not be commenting on any aspect of the case.
[…] Slager was fired from the police department and charged with murder. He is being held in protective custody at the Charleston County Detention Center (link)