St. Louis ex-police officer not guilty in killing

3 years 4 days 20 hours ago Friday, September 15 2017 Sep 15, 2017 Friday, September 15, 2017 9:09:00 AM CDT September 15, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a black man following a high-speed chase in 2011.

Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson issued his ruling Friday against 36-year-old Jason Stockley. Stockley could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole had he been convicted.

Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase. Stockley says he saw Smith holding a gun before the chase began, and that he felt he was in imminent danger when he opened fire.

Prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted a gun in Smith's car after he shot him. A gun in the car had the officer's DNA on it, but not Smith's.

Stockley left the police force in 2013 and moved to Houston.

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