Walter Scott shooting: Jury foreman explains how Michael Slager case resulted in mistrial

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The jury foreman from the trial involving the fatal shooting of Walter Scott said that while one of his fellow jurors refused to convict the police officer in the case, a handful of others were on the fence about the man's guilt.

"We had one individual who was just deadlocked that he wasn't changing, yet we had five individuals who were undecided," Dorsey Montgomery II said Thursday on TODAY.

Montgomery sat on the trial of former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. The trial ended in mistrial on Monday after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision.

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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. 🙄
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@AP WTF? Charleston has a huge black population and they could only come up with ONE?????????
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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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Last Friday, as the jury deliberated, one of the members sent a letter to the judge saying "I cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict." But Montgomery said the "media misconstrued" the note.

"I believe we could have deliberated just a little bit more to see if we could sway that particular juror and get those who were undecided to make a decision," he told TODAY.

Slager, who is white, was charged with killing Scott, an unarmed black motorist shot in the back while fleeing on foot. The exchange was caught on videotape and has been played repeatedly since the April 4, 2015, traffic stop.

Slager could have been convicted on either murder or voluntary manslaughter charges. Montgomery said when he first began deliberating he was prepared to convict.

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SUMMERVILLE, SC - APRIL 11: A young child walks among mourners as they attend the funeral service for Walter Scott at the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, after he was fatally shot by a North Charleston police officer after fleeing a traffic stop in North Charleston on April 11, 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina. Mr. Scott was killed on April 4 by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager after a traffic stop. The officer now faces murder charges. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SUMMERVILLE, SC - APRIL 11: Judy Scott is greeted after the funeral for her son Walter Scott, at the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, after he was fatally shot by a North Charleston police officer after fleeing a traffic stop in North Charleston on April 11, 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina. Mr. Scott was killed on April 4 by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager after a traffic stop. The officer now faces murder charges. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US Senator Tim Scott (R), R-SC, departs following the funeral of Walter Scott at WORD Ministries Christian Center in Summerville , South Carolina on April 11, 2015. Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday for the funeral of Walter Scott, an unarmed black suspect who was shot dead by a white officer in South Carolina as he fled following a routine traffic stop. Scott's death, which a bystander caught on video, has reignited debates about excessive police force and race relations in the United States. Scott's body arrived, where family, friends, politicians and law enforcement gathered to bury the 50-year-old father of four. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 10: A passer-by looks on at the site where Walter Scott was killed on April 4th by a North Charleston police officer on April 10, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Scott was killed by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager after a traffic stop and the officer now faces murder charges. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 10: A memorial is seen through a fence marking the site where Walter Scott was killed on April 4th by a North Charleston police officer on April 10, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Scott was killed by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager after a traffic stop and the officer now faces murder charges. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Tiffany Williams (C), a childhood friend of Walter Scott, the 50-year-old man who was shot as he ran away from an officer after a traffic stop, is hugged by Project Street Outreach Manager Denise Cromwell, as she breaks down while visiting the spot where Scott was killed in Charleston, South Carolina on April 9, 2015. The shooting is America's latest high-profile police killing of a black man by white officers. A string of such shootings of unarmed victims, where officers are rarely charged, have sparked protests around the country with demonstrators alleging racism in the nation's police forces. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 08: People participate in a rally to protest the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall on April 8, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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My heart aches for the family and our North Charleston community. I will be watching this case closely. (2/2)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 08: People participate in a rally to protest the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall on April 8, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 08: People participate in a rally to protest the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall on April 8, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 08: A family friend of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, breaks down during a rally outside City Hall on April 8, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 08: People participate in a rally to protest the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall on April 8, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 08: People participate in a rally to protest the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall on April 8, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away. Officer Slager has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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"Initially it was going to be murder," he said. But after reviewing evidence and reading legal definitions of the charges and "the things that were presented to us by the judged, we had come to find out he didn't do anything malicious."

Instead, Montgomery said he believed Slager demonstrated a "brief disturbance in reason" when he shot Scott.

"So based on the law, that would be classified under manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter," he said.

Montgomery, the only black person in the 12-member jury, was asked about the role of race in the trial.

"Due to the society that we live in, race will always be a factor," he said, but added that he did not believe race played into the decision for "the majority" of the jurors.

Asked about why the lone juror refused to budge about a not guilty verdict, Montgomery would not elaborate.

"He just had his own convictions, and I'll leave that right there," he said.

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