Jury can’t reach verdict in Michael Slager murder trial

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)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jurors in the Michael Slager murder trial are going home for the weekend. They have deliberated more than 16 hours over three days in the case of the white former South Carolina patrolman charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott.

Scott who was black, was shot five times in the back running from a traffic stop in April of 2015. The shooting was captured on cellphone video that stunned the nation.

At one point Friday it appeared jurors were deadlocked when the judge read a letter from one of them saying that he could not vote to convict Slager and was not about to change his mind.

But the jury foreman said he thought the panel could still reach a unanimous verdict and the deliberations continued.