ST. LOUIS (AP) _A prosecutor has accused a white former St. Louis police officer of planting a gun on a black man whom the officer had fatally shot.
An attorney for former officer Jason Stockley denied that allegation during opening statements Tuesday in the officer's first-degree murder trial in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The defense attorney says Stockley was protecting himself from an armed and dangerous felon.
Smith was shot following a police chase during a drug investigation on Dec. 20, 2011. A key issue is a gun found in Smith's car. Assistant Circuit Attorney Aaron Levinson said Stockley's DNA _ but not Smith's _ was on the gun. He says Stockley ``executed'' the 24-year-old Smith and planted the weapon.
But defense attorney Neil Bruntrager said Stockley fired the fatal shots only after Smith refused to put up his hands and appeared to be reaching for the gun.