North Charleston police called to stand in Slager murder trial Monday

Former North Charleston police officer Clarence Habersham, the first officer at the scene of the Walter Scott shooting, speaks in court during the murder trial of former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. Slager is on trial facing a murder charge in the shooting death of Walter Scott, who was gunned down after he fled from a traffic stop. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

CHARLESTON, SC – Monday testimony in the Michael Slager murder trial continued with a series of North Charleston police officers taking the stand.

Court began with Solicitor Scarlett Wilson warning the court she would be calling hostile witnesses, who are North Charleston Police and friends of Michael Slager.

Clarence Habersham, the first officer to arrive on scene in April 2015, was on the stand first.  His testimony began Friday but was cut short.  Following him Lt. Daniel Bowman and Sgt. James Gann took the stand.

Large chucks of the testimony circled around how many officers were on patrol the morning Slager shot Walter Scott.  There were several officers on leave that day, leaving the department short-handed.

There was also a large focus on the use of the Taser, including the frequency of use by Slager during his tenure as a police officer with the department.

The prosecution rapid fired questions about the physical contact between Slager and Scott. Officer Bowman testified he could see Slager had been in a physical fight based on the condition of his uniform, but when pressed for details about how disheveled Slager was, the officer said his shirt was not untucked.

Lt. Bowman also testified Slager told him he rendered aid to Scott at the scene, though video of the scene contradicts that claim.