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Butcher to testify in own defense at motorist shooting trial

  • The former North Charleston police officer Michael Butcher, listens during the murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S. C., Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. A judge is considering jurors to visit the place where a white former South Carolina police officer is accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man in North Charleston. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    (Associated Press)

  • Lawyer Andy Savage speaks in court during the murder trial of the former North Charleston police officer Michael Butcher on the Charleston County court in Charleston, S. C., Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. A judge is considering jurors to visit the place where a white former South Carolina police officer is accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man in North Charleston. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    (Associated Press)

  • The former North Charleston police officer Michael Butcher, right, listens during the murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S. C., Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. A judge is considering jurors to visit the place where a white former South Carolina police officer is accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man in North Charleston. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    (Associated Press)

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CHARLESTON, S. C. – the Former North Charleston agent Michael Butcher is taking the stand to tell his version of what happened when he fatally shot a black motorist fleeing a traffic stop last year.

Butcher, who in the 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 death of the 50-year-old Walter Scott, is expected to testify in his own defense Tuesday in a Charleston courtroom.

Scott, who was black, was shot five times in the back during the run of the white officer. The recording was captured by a bystander on cell phone video.

Butcher was fired from the North Charleston Police Department charged with the murder if the video was public.

Scott’s family said Scott run from the scene because he was behind on the support of the child and afraid to go back in the prison.

Butcher, who has been free on bail since January and who has had a few interviews with the media since the incident, it would be the 18th defense witness in a process that in the fifth week. A jury of eleven whites and one black is the handling of the case.

The defence is of the opinion that the short video is generally viewed in the media and on the internet do not tell the whole story. The defense is for the construction of a case, that the officer told Scott to stop, and repeatedly warned that he was going to use his stun gun to Scott struggled with the officer and gained control of the Butcher of the Taser.

An expert in crime scene re-creation, testifying for the defense last week that it appears from the video that Scott threw a Taser when he confronted the officer seconds before the recording. That segment of the video is blurry and jerky.

The jury has seen that 3-D computer re-creations of the scene presented by the witnesses for both the defense and the prosecution. Judge Clinton Newman, is also weighing a defense request for the jury to visit the place of the shooting.

The case is expected to go the jury by the week’s end.

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