High court turns down SC officer's appeal in shooting case

High court turns down SC officer's appeal in shooting case
High court turns down SC officer's appeal in shooting case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former South Carolina policeman sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in the shooting death of an unarmed motorist who was running away from a traffic stop.

The high court this week turned down the case from Michael Slager. The former North Charleston police officer was sentenced in 2017 after pleading guilty to a civil rights violation in the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott.

Slager's lawyers appealed his conviction and sentence, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a trial judge "committed no reversible error" in the case. State murder charges were dropped as part of his plea.

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Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP .

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