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Walter Scott Family: 'It's Not Over Till God Says It's Over'

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - The family of Walter Scott says despite jurors' inability to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of the man who killed their son, they remain confident that justice will be done.

Scott's mother, brother, and two of his attorneys spoke just minutes after Judge Clifton Newman declared a mistrial in the Michael Slager case when the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on either murder or involuntary manslaughter charges.

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"Today I'm not sad," said Judy Scott Walter Scott's mother. "I want you to know why I'm not sad, because Jesus is on the inside, and I know that justice will be served because the God that i serve is able."

Slager, a former North Charleston police officer, shot Walter Scott five times following a traffic stop on April 4, 2015. Slager had maintained that Scott and tried to grab his taser, and that he feared for his life. A now infamous cell phone video taken of the incident showed Scott running away when the fatal shots were fired.

While it's unknown how the jury ultimately vote, several notes sent to the judge Friday indicated that one juror was against a conviction. That juror wrote the judge that he could not "in good conscience" vote for guilty.

"There is no way that former officer Michael Slager can escape what's coming to him, and that's a conviction, and that is prison time," said Justin Bamberg, a family attorney. "One person decided to do what he did, and that's fine."

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who prosecuted the case, said there will be retrial.

After the verdict read, Anthony Scott , Walter's brother, could be seen saying in the direction of the defense team and Slager family, "this ain't over." When asked by reporters afterward if he had anything to say to the Slager family, he said he felt sorry for Slager's toddler son, but that feeling was outweighed by the anguish his own family's loss, noting that Slager would be with his family for Christmas.

"Me and my family will never see Walter again," he said. "We have to live with the fact that he was shot in the back."

While he said he would have accepted a guilty verdict on the lesser manslaughter charge, he remains convinced of what happened to his brother.

"I think it was malice and forethought, I think it was murder."

He asked for calm from people in the city to the disappointing news.

"We're not going to tear up this city," Anthony Scott said. "We're going to keep it just the way it is...we're going to believe in peaceful protest."

"I trust God, I believe God, I am encouraged because I know God is able," Judy Scott said. "It's not over until God says it's over."


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