Calm urged as ruling nears in ex-St. Louis officer's trial
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis mayor and Missouri governor, along with the fiancée of the man killed by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, are urging calm as a judge's ruling in Stockley's murder case draws near.
Stockley fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Stockley testified he thought Smith, who was black, was reaching for a gun. Prosecutors say Stockley planted the weapon inside Smith's car.
Jason Stockley's first-degree murder trial concluded Aug. 9 and St. Louis has been on edge awaiting Judge Timothy Wilson's ruling.
Activists have threatened civil disobedience if Stockley, who is white, is acquitted.
Media reports and preparation announcements from officials indicate that Judge Timothy Wilson may rule Friday. Gov. Eric Greitens has the National Guard on standby. Police are working 12-hour shifts starting Friday. All downtown courthouses will be closed, including the federal courthouse.
Greitens and Mayor Lyda Krewson called for peace; Smith's fiancee, Christina Wilson, asked that any protests be peaceful.