Ex-officer remains free on bond in federal case

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) --  A whte former South Carolina police officer facing a state murder charge in the shooting death of unarmed motorist Walter Scott is being allowed to stay out of jail while new federal charges are pending.

A federal judge on Wednesday made that determination at a hearing in Charleston for Michael Slager.

Slager will not have to post additional bond. He entered a not-guilty plea.

Slager was indicted this week on federal charges including depriving Scott of his civil rights. He's also charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Slager faces state murder charges in the April 2015 shooting of Scott after a traffic stop in North Charleston and is scheduled for trial in October. Slager was released on bond in January on those charges and has been on house arrest.

Last fall, North Charleston approved a $6.5 million civil settlement with Scott's family.

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