(St. Louis) – KTRS
Prosecutors are not happy with former officer Jason Stockley’s decision to wave a jury trial and instead rely on a judge’s ruling in the case.
However they hope dashboard video, witness statements and DNA will lead to Stockley’s conviction for allegedly shooting a black suspect in 2011. 36-year old Stockley is white.
The DNA evidence stems from a gun found in the victim’s car which prosecutors contend was planted by Stockley since there was no DNA from the victim, 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. According to police reports, Stockley told internal investigators that he believed Smith was reaching for a revolver after being ordered to show his hands before Stockley fired into Smith’s car.
Smith was allegedly involved in a drug deal and after a police chase he is shown on video ramming his vehicle into the police car and nearly hitting Stockley as he stood near Smith’s wrecked car.
This is the latest of several trials across the U.S. involving the fatal shootings of black men by police officers.