PUBLISHER'S NOTE: As reporter Alex Johnson notes: "A video made by a bystander showing Slager shooting Scott in the back in April 2015 stunned the nation and led to murder charges for the former North Charleston police officer, who could be sentenced to 30 years to life in prison if he's convicted."..."This Blog is digging into the momentous on-going trial from time to time, when issues relating to the forensic evidence emerge from the fray."
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STORY: "Evidence missed, untested, crime scene investigator says at murder trial of ex-S.C. Cop Michael Slager, by reporter Alex Johnson, published by NBC News on November 9, 2016.
GIST: "Several pieces of evidence weren't tested and others were missed after white South Carolina cop Michael Slager shot and killed black motorist Walter L. Scott as he was running away, a state investigator testified Wednesday at Slager's murder trial. A video made by a bystander showing Slager shooting Scott in the back in April 2015 stunned the nation and led to murder charges for the former North Charleston police officer, who could be sentenced to 30 years to life in prison if he's convicted. Jamie Johnson, an agent for the State Law Enforcement Division who arrived on the scene the day of the shooting, said under cross-examination from Slager's attorney, Andy Savage, that "several" pieces of evidence were never tested, NBC station WCBD of Charleston reported. She acknowledged that it was the defense team, not official investigators, that uncovered additional "projectiles" at the scene two weeks later, The Post & Courier newspaper reported. Former colleagues have testified that Slager told them that Scott managed to wrestle his Taser away from him and pointed it at him, prompting him to fire his service weapon. The defense argues that the Taser wasn't fully tested to determine specifically where on the Taser Slager's and Scott's DNA was deposited. Johnson acknowledged Wednesday that SLED was able to confirm only that both men left DNA somewhere on the weapon. Tuesday, Almon Brown, another state crime scene investigator, testified that he was concerned when he examined Scott's body because what he saw didn't match what he had been told about how Scott died. Scott's wounds "seemed to be in the back and side and didn't seem to be correct," Brown said.
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: http://www.thestar.com/topic/