Defense asks for delay in the police officer murder new process

CHARLESTON, S. C. – Attorneys for a former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the April 2015 shooting of an unarmed black motorist is asking a judge to delay a new research is planned in March.

Local media report attorneys for Michael Butcher filed court papers Friday saying at least seven of their experts have conflicts with a scheduled March 1 trial start.

Butcher’s attorneys also say that there is no pro forma sessions and add nearly two dozen older homicide cases in Charleston County should be tried first.

A jury deliberated about four days before deadlocking after the monthlong trial.

Butcher, who is white, was charged two days after the recording of Walter Scott in the back as the driver ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. The recording was captured on a bystander’s cell phone video.

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