CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The prosecutor in two upcoming high-profile South Carolina murder cases says she has a “huge problem” with being called a racist and says it’s immoral to select jurors based on race.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Charleston-area prosecutor Scarlett Wilson testified Thursday in a hearing for William Dickerson Jr., a black man convicted in a 2006 slaying.
Dickerson’s attorneys said Wilson is seven times more likely to remove blacks from a jury than whites. Wilson testified the analysis looked only at race and not other factors.
In coming months Wilson will prosecute Michael Slager in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist and Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shootings. Both Slager and Roof are white.
The Dickerson hearing is expected to last several days.