VERDICT WATCH: The waiting continues in the Michael Slager trial
CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - The waiting continues in Charleston in the case of a former North Charleston Police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed man that was recorded on video.
The jury went out to deliberate after closing arguments Wednesday evening, left for the night, and came back just before 10 a.m. Thursday.
They deliberated at the same time they ate lunch. The judge instructed they continue deliberating, so long as the 12 people are all in the same room and the judge allowed them to go home for the night.
They all visited the scene where the shooting happened for just under 20 minutes and came back to unexpectedly start deliberating Wednesday night.
Around that time, Walter Scott's family came out and broke their silence after the near-five-week-long trial. Scott's brothers said it has been a hard few weeks for them and it was difficult to hear their brother's voice in the video of the shooting that was replayed over and over in the courtroom.
"I'd never heard the video played and my brother's voice sound so clear, and hearing my brother's voice again really just did something to me and knowing that I'll never be able to hear that again," Anthony Scott said. "That was very hurtful."
The jury will obviously determine if Slager is guilty or not guilty, but if guilty, they will choose between murder and voluntary manslaughter. Those carry different sentences. Slager could get two to 30 years behind bars if guilty of voluntary manslaughter and 30 years to life if murder.
The judge will determine the sentence once the jury hands down the verdict. But if the jury is hung, and can't agree, the judge can tell them to go back and try again.
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