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Jury selection is set to begin for the SC officer charged in the death of Walter Scott

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A jury chosen this coming week will determine whether former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager is guilty of murder in the death of Walter Scott, an unarmed motorist. 

A bystander captured cellphone video of the confrontation between Slager and Scott in Charleston, S.C., on April 4, 2015. The video showed Slager firing eight shots at Scott's back -- the footage shocked the nation and sparked a conversation about police brutality. 

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In this image from video, Walter Scott struggles with police officer Michael Thomas Slager in Charleston, S.C., on April 4, 2015. Moments later, the video shows Slager firing eight shots at Scott's back. Scott's death was shown around the world and he became a symbol of the ongoing debate over police shootings of unarmed African-Americans. (Feidin Santana via AP Images)

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press. 

Slager's attorney, Andy Savage, insists there was more to the incident than what the video footage shows. 

He contends the pair fought over the officer's Taser prior to the shooting and that another clip of footage shows Scott on top of Slager. In that clip, Savage said Slager warned Scott that he would shoot. 

Two days after the incident, the cellphone video surfaced and Slager was subsequently fired, arrested and charged with murder. 

Slager spent eight months in jail before a judge released him on a half-million dollar bond in January. He is currently under house arrest in an undisclosed location in the state. 

Approximately 600 summonses were sent to potential jurors for the trial and almost 200 are expected to report to the courthouse in Charleston Monday. 

Each of the potential jurors received questionnaires aimed at understanding their views on race relations and police conduct. 

Savage has filed a motion, attempting to have the trial moved to a different location. 

His firm reportedly polled people in Charleston County and found that 85 percent of residents had seen the video. Savage argued that the complete video that shows the tussle between Slager and Scott hasn't been seen by as many people.

Slager faces a trial in federal court next year on three counts -- if convicted of all three he could be handed a life sentence plus 30 years. 


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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