Michael Slager to plead guilty in connection with killing of Walter Scott

As part of the plea deal, the state of South Carolina will drop a murder charge against Slager, according to Alexandra Olgin of South Carolina Public Radio.

An attorney for the family of a black motorist shot to death by a white SC police officer says justice has been done with the officer's guilty plea.

Ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager was due to stand trial later this month on charges accusing him of violating Walter Scott's civil rights in the April 2015 shooting. But the federal indictment alleges that Slager used excessive force when he opened fire. Bryant said he is concerned that the plea will not expose Slager to a punishment that satisfies those people.

Michael Slager, 35, the former North Charleston police department patrolman, was sacked after cellphone footage of the killing went viral. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident.

Prosecutors in Slager's trial also said there would be a retrial, but the federal trial would come first.

Michael Slager, the former SC police officer who shot and killed unarmed 50-year-old Walter Scott during a traffic stop in 2015, pleaded guilty to one count of violating Scott's civil rights in federal court today.

He could face a life sentence as well as 250,000 dollars (£193,000) in fines when he is sentenced by a federal judge.

Slager was handcuffed and taken into custody after entering his guilty plea.

"We got justice", said Judy Scott, Walter's mother. Scott was unarmed and running when Slager fired eight shots at him from his department-issued firearm, hitting him five times, according to a DOJ press release on the plea.

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When Judy Scott was asked if she forgave Slager for killing her son, she responded, "Yes I do".

The incident began when Slager pulled over Scott's 1991 Mercedes over a broken tail light.

Scott's family received a $6.5 million settlement from the City of North Charleston in October 2015.

Unless Slager changes his mind, he will be sentenced by a federal judge instead of undergoing the trial that was set to begin on May 15.

However, defendants who plead guilty and accept responsibility, as Slager did Tuesday, usually avoid a maximum sentence.

An earlier murder trial in the state court ended in mistrial.

"And what we saw on that video was not being respected", Scott said. The death of Walter Scott was seen worldwide after a bystander recorded it on his cellphone.

Lance Crick, first assistant US attorney for SC, described the hearing as "significant" and declined to provide additional detail.