A grand jury indicted Slager, 34, on a charge of murder after the video surfaced of him shooting Scott, 50, eight times after Scott had turned his back and fled after a daytime traffic stop on April 4.
Scott was black and Slager is white, and the shooting renewed tension in the coastal town over alleged excessive police use of force and systemic racism.
Slager was denied bond in September, but state Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, whom the state Supreme Court appointed to oversee the sensitive case, said Monday that he could go free on house arrest on a $500,000 surety bond.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Monday evening had indicated that Slager was freed after posting bond, but it later said he was still in custody as of 6 p.m. ET.
Michael Slager, the North Charleston, South Carolina, cop who killed Walter Scott as he was running away — which was all dramatically captured on chilling cell-phone video — was granted bond Monday after a judge expressed concerns that it was taking too long to bring him to trial.