Michael W. Slager’s trial is over, but his wife remains on trial

Michael W. Slager’s trial is over, but his wife remains on trial

July 24, 2021 Comments Off on Michael W. Slager’s trial is over, but his wife remains on trial By admin

Michael W Slager is free after a jury convicted him of murder and manslaughter in the death of his wife in a brutal shooting outside their home in Florida.

Michael Slager and his wife, Lisa, were shot and killed by a former Florida sheriff’s deputy in the driveway of their house on July 3, 2017.

A jury found Slager not guilty of the lesser charges of manslaughter and murder.

Lisa Slager died from a gunshot wound to the head.

“This is a tragic day for my family, friends and the community of St. Petersburg,” Lisa Slagers father, Michael, said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“It is a sad day for our state and country and an unfortunate day for all who loved Lisa and her family.”

The jury deliberated for nearly two hours before finding Slager guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree manslaughter.

Lisa Slager was found shot to death outside her home in St. Pete, Florida, on July 2, 2017, after an officer opened fire on her husband and his friend.

The two men were inside the house with a firearm when they opened fire, according to police. 

Slager was arrested on July 18 and has been in jail since his arrest.

He is currently awaiting trial. 

Lisa Slagers mother, Barbara Slager, was not at the courthouse to watch the verdict. 

“We love our family and we are still grieving this terrible loss,” she said in the statement released by the Slager family.

“As we continue to grieve this terrible tragedy, we will always remember our love for Lisa and we ask for your prayers.” 

“My husband and I are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from all of our friends, family, and loved ones,” Lisa’s father, Mike, said during a press conference outside the courthouse.

“We want to thank the citizens of St Petersburg for their compassion, their support and their prayers.”

Michael Slagers attorney, Mark Clements, called the verdict a tragedy and said the case should have never been dismissed because the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

“Mr. Slagers conviction is a tragedy for all of us,” Clements said in his statement.

“The entire St. Pines community will not forget the pain, pain, and grief of the family of this beautiful woman who lived her life to the fullest. 

Clements said that Slager had been in custody since July 9 and was being held in the county jail without bond pending his sentencing. 

A bail hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m.