Death penalty possible in St. Louis County officer's killing

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Thursday, October 20 2016 Oct 20, 2016 Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:30:04 AM CDT October 20, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

CLAYTON (AP) — Prosecutors say they have not determined whether they will seek the death penalty for a man charged in the fatal shooting of a St. Louis County police officer.

Eighteen-year-old Trenton Forster pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of 33-year-old Blake Snyder.

Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch, says the death penalty is a possibility, but that it's too early to make that decision.

Authorities say Forster killed Snyder on Oct. 6 after the officer responded to a disturbance call. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a second officer shot Forster multiple times.

Forster was released from a hospital Wednesday and moved to the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton. His bail has been set at $1 million.

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