By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has decided that the civil rights trial for a former North Charleston police officer charged with killing a man during a traffic stop will be held early next year.
U.S. District Judge David Norton said during a brief hearing Tuesday that he will hold the trial of 33-year-old Michael Slager during a term of court beginning in January. No specific date was set.
The incident, caught on a cellphone video, reignited the national debate over treatment of blacks by white police officers.
Separately, Slager faces a murder charge in state court. That trial is set to begin on Oct. 31.