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Officer Michael Slager's Mother: 'My Life Will Never Be The Same Again' (VIDEO)

04/09/2015 06:59 pm ET | Updated Apr 10, 2015

The mother of the South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man says her life will "never be the same again."

In an interview with ABC News, Karen Sharpe, the mother of North Charleston Officer Michael Slager, said she doesn't want to think about how long her son will be in jail should he be convicted of murder. He was charged on Tuesday after he was seen on video fatally shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott.

"I'm not gonna worry. I'm not gonna think about that right now," Sharpe said through tears in the interview (above). "What will happen will happen, and that's the way it'll be. I can only hope that it's not forever. I just have to let it be and hope God takes care of everybody involved.

"Not only my family but the Scott's family -- because I know they're grieving just like I'm grieving. So, I want them to know that," she added.

She said she hadn't seen the video of the shooting, claiming that she's "in denial."

She said her son, whose wife is expecting a baby, "loved being a police officer" and "would not do something purposeful" and not be able to help his wife during her pregnancy.

Slager has yet to enter a plea in his murder case. New evidence continues to be made public, including dashboard footage from Slager's patrol vehicle and audio of the suspect's initial calls to dispatch.

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