Spokesman confirms release of former SC police officer

Michael Thomas Slager
Michael Slager, AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Charleston County sheriff’s spokesman has confirmed that Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black motorist has posted bond and has been released from custody.

Slager will remain under house arrest until his trial later this year. A state judge on Monday ordered that jury selection in the case will begin on Halloween.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Eric Watson says Slager was released about 7 p.m. He released a statement saying the county detention center staff has prematurely posted on its website earlier that Slager has been released when in fact he was still in jail custody.

Slager is shown on cellphone video firing eight times as Walter Scott, who was unarmed, ran from a traffic stop last April.

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