Walter Scott didn’t necessarily touch Michael Slager’s Taser, according to DNA analyst

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CHARLESTON, SC -Day six in the Michael Slager trial began with testimony from Almon Brown, a former SLED agent. His testimony was followed by Tracey Thrower, a SLED firearm examiner, and then Sam Stewart, a DNA analyst for SLED.

Stewart testified though Scott’s DNA was found on Michael Slager’s Taser, that doesn’t mean he necessarily touched the Taser.  Stewart testified it’s possible Scott’s DNA could have been transferred there through a secondary source, like Slager’s own hands.

Stewart also examined Walter Scott’s fingernails.  He testified none of Slager’s DNA was found in those clippings.

Senior Special Agent Tracey Thrower, SLED firearm examiner, told the court Slager’s gun had six bullets left in it after the shooting.  When the defense asked if that showed Slager’s restraint, Thrower said he couldn’t not determine that.

Late in the afternoon Tuesday, Al Brown testified “essential evidence” for the jury was missing. Early in the investigation, he requested DNA and fingerprint tests be conducted on Slager’s Taser, but he was overruled by a higher ranking agent. His testimony was cut short for election day.

Thursday Brown’s testimony continued along the same lines.