A now revealed transcript has shown that the prosecutor in the fatal shooting case of Walter Scott by Michael Slager, thought it was a close call for either manslaughter or murder and a case could’ve been made for either or. In her testimony, Scarlett Wilson says “My impression was that it was a close call. I felt like voluntary manslaughter might be a better fit, but I also thought that there certainly could be a case made for malice.”
After the case went under a mistrial and then a retrial, the murder case was eventually dropped after Slager pleaded to a deal. It’s now up to U.S. District Judge David Norton to decided what punishment is given. The common options are involuntary and voluntary manslaughter, federal prosecutors are expected to argue in favor of second-degree murder. Slager could face from five to twenty years in prison.
Source: The Root