The arguments why a former St. Louis police officer is guilty/not guilty of murder

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ST. LOUIS, MO — The judge who will decide the fate of former officer Jason Stockley now has a written pleading from the prosecution.

The judge had asked for pleadings from both sides to be due Friday. The following arguments were filed just before 5 p.m.  It lays out the entire case involving the fatal 2011 police shooting from the prosecution and defense’s perspective.

Jason Stockley is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the December 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Charges were filed last year. Then-Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce cited unspecified new evidence.

Smith was shot following a police chase during a drug investigation. The bench trial started earlier this August.

The trial is the latest of several across the U.S.involving the fatal police shootings of black men. Officers were acquitted in recent trials in Minnesota and Oklahoma. Another Oklahoma cased in early July ended in a hung jury.

The state’s argument is posted here:

The argument for the defense can be viewed below:

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