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Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, left, is escorted from the courthouse during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist is now before the jury. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The jury in the Walter Scott case didn't reach a verdict after day three of deliberations


UPDATE 6:21 p.m. EST: 

The jury in the Walter Scott case has gone home for the weekend.  

Deliberations will resume Monday morning. 

Jurors deciding whether or not a white former South Carolina police officer is guilty of murder after shooting a fleeing black motorist last year is on its third day of deliberations, reports Reuters

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman told the jurors Friday that they needed to continue to deliberate, despite the jury sending the judge a note around 1 p.m. on Friday that they could not agree on a verdict. 

Michael Slager, 35, shot and killed 50-year-old Walter Scott after a traffic stop in April 2015 that was caught on video. 

Slager is charged with murder. 

But Jurors could instead find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter if they think Slager killed Scott after being provoked, rather than out of malice. Or they could acquit the Slager if they believe he acted in self-defense out of fear for his own safety. 

The jury is comprised of 11 white people and one black person and have heard four weeks of testimony from over 50 witnesses. 

The jury's sluggish approach to handing down a verdict has annoyed some on social media. 

And many online are confused as to why it's taking so long. 


For more, check out the 60 Second Circa. 

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