Jury deliberation in Michael Slager trial begins

Former officer faces 30 years to life in prison

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A South Carolina jury has begun deliberating in the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.

The judge told the jury to begin deliberating this evening and go as long as they are able.

Slager is accused of killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist, during a routine traffic stop for a faulty brake light on April 4, 2015.

If Slager is to be found guilty of murder, the state must demonstrate "malice and aforethought" in the officer's actions -- even if it was for just a second before the shooting.

There are no degrees to the murder charge in South Carolina. If convicted, Slager faces 30 years to life in prison.

Slager also faces a potential trial early next year on federal charges related to the shooting, including civil rights offenses.

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