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