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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A judge said Friday he will rule "as expeditiously as possible" on whether to grant bail for a white ex-police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man in North Charleston, South Carolina.
However, Judge Clifton Newman gave no indication when that would be.
During a morning hearing, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager briefly stood and told the court he's not a flight risk and he would adhere to any requirements the judge might set as conditions of bail.
Slager is charged in the April 4 death of Walter Scott after a traffic stop.
During the hearing, prosecutors said they expected to be able to try the case in late 2016. Slager's defense said it could be ready by spring.