Solicitor files motion seeking to move Slager trial

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson filed a motion Wednesday to move the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, who is charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, killing of Walter Scott.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson filed a motion Wednesday asking to move the trial of the former North Charleston police officer who shot Walter Scott.

Wilson seeks to reschedule the trial for either this August or May 2017.

Michael Slager, who is charged with murder in Scott’s death, is set to be tried Oct. 31.

Scott, 50, ran from a traffic stop on April 4, 2015, off Remount Road. Slager fired a Taser at him, and a fight ensued. A bystander’s video showed the two struggling on the ground, but reports differ about who had the upper hand. Slager’s attorneys said Scott beat the officer and grabbed his Taser.

As the Taser fell to the ground, Scott started running again. Slager pulled his pistol and fired eight bullets, five of which hit Scott from behind. His lawyers have said Slager still saw Scott as a threat when he opened fire.

After the video surfaced publicly three days later, the officer was arrested on a murder charge.

Wilson cites the change in the trial of Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people at Emanuel AME Church, as a reason for the request. Roof’s trial is now scheduled for Jan. 17 with jury qualification set for Dec. 5.

Wilson called both cases complex and stated that her office’s resources were limited.

Andrew Knapp contributed to this report.