Ex-officer’s lawyer challenges probe of black motorist death
A fired white police officer’s defense lawyer hammered away Wednesday at the investigation of his fatal shooting of a fleeing black motorist, pointing out that citizens using a toy metal detector found evidence the state missed at the crime scene.
Crime scene investigator Jamie Johnson testified that about two weeks after the shooting in April 2015, she returned to the scene because experts hired by defense attorney Andy Savage alerted investigators that two more bullets had been recovered.
“Did you know the two projectiles were found by citizens?” Savage asked on cross-examination. “That’s the first I’m hearing it,” Johnson replied.
He then asked if she knew what kind of metal detector was used to find the bullets, near a fence around the empty lot where Walter Scott was fatally shot trying to flee from North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.
“Did you know it was a Fisher-Price toy?” the attorney asked. “No,” Johnson responded.