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UPDATE: Jury in North Charleston officer’s fatal shooting of Walter Scott deadlocked

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Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, left, is escorted from the courthouse during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The case of the former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist is now before the jury. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, left, is escorted from the courthouse during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The case of the former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist is now before the jury. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


UPDATE: The jury deciding the fate of officer Michael Slager has notified the judge that they are deadlocked. The judge has told the jurors to keep debating and that any new trial with new jurors will be facing the same issues deciding the case as the current jurors are facing.

Earlier:

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies in his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Slager is charged with murder in the shooting death last year of Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)
Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies in his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Slager is charged with murder in the shooting death last year of Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

Jurors deciding the fate of a white former South Carolina patrolman charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist have now deliberated more than 12 hours in the case.

The jury began its discussions in the Michael Slager trial on Wednesday evening. Deliberations entered a third day on Friday.

Slager is charged in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, a motorist who was shot five times in the back while running away from a traffic stop in North Charleston in April of last year.

The shooting was captured on cellphone video by a man walking to work. It was shown widely by the media and shared on the internet and stunned the nation.

The 35-year-old Slager was fired and charged with murder after the video surfaced.

The jury can also consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

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