Lone juror says he can't convict ex-cop in Walter Scott killing

A lone juror said Friday he can't convict a white former police officer who fatally shot a black man in South Carolina, and the jury said they want to continue deliberating.

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The juror in a letter to the court said "I cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict" against Michael Slager, a former patrolman who pulled over Walter Scott in North Charleston, and ended up shooting him as a bystander recorded the incident on video.

The jury foreperson said in a separate note to the court that it was only one juror who was "having issues," Circuit Judge Clifton Newman said. The juror opposed to conviction said in the letter, "I cannot and will not change my mind," Newman said.

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CHARLESTON, SC - NOVEMBER 3: Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, second from right, sits at the defense table and listens to his lawyer in the courtroom, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. Slager faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 death of Scott, whose shooting, captured on a bystander's dramatic cellphone video, spread on social media and stunned the nation. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)
Walter Scott's jury: 11 white men, one black man. Said it's a makeup of the local area even though it's 30%black. 🙄
@AP Racism alive and well in the US.
@AP WTF? Charleston has a huge black population and they could only come up with ONE?????????
Jury in Walter Scott murder trial has been selected: 6 White Men 5 White Women 1 Black Male #WalterScott #MichaelSlager
CHARLESTON, SC - NOVEMBER 3: Arthur Heyward, a neighbor of Walter Scott speaks in the courtroom during the trial for North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. Slager faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 death of Scott, whose shooting, captured on a bystander's dramatic cellphone video, spread on social media and stunned the nation. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - NOVEMBER 3: Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, right, speaks during legal proceedings in front of Judge Clifton Newman during the trial for former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, in the courtroom, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. Wilson told the jury of 11 white people and one black man in her opening statement that former North Charleston officer Slager may have been provoked if Walter Scott wrestled his stun gun from him, but that doesn't justify shooting Scott in the back as he tried to run away. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - NOVEMBER 2: Lawyers discuss in front of Judge Clifton Newman ahead of the trial for former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, in the courtroom, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. A panel of 11 white jurors and one black juror will decide the case against Michael Slager, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Scott fled a traffic stop in North Charleston and his shooting was captured by a bystander on dramatic cellphone video that stunned the nation. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - NOVEMBER 3: Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, second from right, stands in the courtroom, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. A panel of 11 white jurors and one black juror will decide the case against Michael Slager, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Scott fled a traffic stop in North Charleston and his shooting was captured by a bystander on dramatic cellphone video that stunned the nation. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)
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But the jury said it wanted to continue deliberating, and requested to return at 9 a.m. Monday. The jury said it would have questions at that time.

Slager was charged with murder in Scott's killing, although the jury was allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter in addition to murder.

Earlier, the jury said at around 1 p.m. Friday that it had been unable to come to a conclusion, and Newman ordered them to resume deliberations.

The jury at that time sent a message to Newman asking to see a transcript of the testimony from the man who took cellphone video of Slager shooting Scott. Newman offered to let jurors listen to audio of the testimony, but they declined, saying they didn't believe it would change anything and said they couldn't reach a verdict.

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"If you do not agree on a verdict, I must declare a mistrial," Newman said. "The same participants will come, and the same lawyers will likely ask basically the same questions, and get basically the same answers and we will go through this whole process again."

Slager, 35, has been charged with murder in the death of Scott, 50, who was not armed. Scott was shot five times in the back while running from Slager during the traffic stop.

On Wednesday, Newman said he would grant a request from the prosecution to let jurors consider a lesser charge of manslaughter in addition to murder. Murder carries a penalty of 30 years to life, while manslaughter is punishable by 2 to 30 years behind bars.

Slager testified for the first time in the trial on Tuesday and told the court that life has been a "nightmare" since the fatal shooting. He is free on bond.

"My family's been destroyed by this. Scott's family has been destroyed by this," he told the defense, holding back emotion.

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