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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)

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of an ex-officer who shot a SC motorist


A judge has declared a mistrial Monday in the case of former South Carolina police officer, Michael Slager, who is accused in the shooting death of Walter Scott. 

Jurors were unable to unanimously agree on a verdict in the case, so Circuit Judge Clifton Newman  declared a mistrial. 

Slager was standing trial for shooting and killing 50-year-old Scott during a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina, on April 4, 2015. 

Cellphone video of the incident surfaced shortly after, sparking national outrage. The video showed Slager shoot Scott as he was running away. Slager was later fired from the police force after the shooting. 

The jury in this case deliberated for more than 22 hours over the course of four days, trying to determine whether to acquit Slager or find him guilty of murder or voluntary manslaughter. 

On Friday, jurors said they hadn't reached a decision because of one juror. Monday's note, however, said the majority of jurors were still undecided. 

CBS News reports that Slager testified that he shot Scott out of "total fear." But prosecutors showed footage of the incident, saying jurors should focus on the video evidence.

Slager still faces a federal trial scheduled for next year, according to ABC News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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