New process for SC officer charged with murder set for March 1

CHARLESTON, S. C. – The state’s new study of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder for the killing of a black driver who runs the traffic stop is scheduled to begin on 1 March.

Multiple media are reporting that a judge released the to set the date Thursday.

A jury could not reach a verdict in Michael Butcher’s murder trial in a state court earlier this month.

Butcher, who is white, is also charged in federal court with violating Walter Scott’s civil rights. That study is set to begin May 1.

The authorities say that the former North Charleston police officer shot and killed Walter Scott in the back in April 2015 as he ran from the traffic stop.

Butcher says Scott picked up his Taser as the two on the ground and he feared for his life.

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