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Passenger of driver shot in back by S.C. officer: "He was murdered"

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A man riding with a motorist who was fatally shot by a police officer while running away from a traffic stop testified Thursday that he doesn't know why his friend tried to flee.

"That's a question I would like to ask him. Unfortunately I can't. He was murdered," said Pierre Fulton, who worked with Walter Scott at a distribution warehouse, and was riding in the front passenger seat when Michael Slager, a North Charleston police officer, pulled them over for a broken tail light.

A bystander's cellphone recording of Scott's death stunned the nation as the images spread on social media. Slager, who is white, faces 30 years to life if convicted of murdering Scott, who was black. He also faces separate federal charges including violations of Scott's civil rights.