Jason Stockley found not guilty of murder by judge's ruling

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Stockley waived his right to a jury trial leaving his fate to be determine by 22nd Judicial Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson despite prosecutors' objections.

During the trial, prosecutors grilled law enforcement witnesses on why Stockley was allowed to return to his police SUV and search Smith's silver Buick without wearing gloves and why the other responding officers did not give Smith first aid at the scene.

According to the probable cause statement, Stockley shot at Smith's vehicle before pursuing him in a auto chase. "It's going to be ... three hundred-plus days of direct action", the Post-Dispatch previously quoted an activist as saying if Stockley wasn't convicted. That officer was never charged but eventually resigned.

"No one promised a rose garden, and this surely is not one", Wilson wrote.

The auto cash came to a close when Stockley order his partner to ram his police cruiser into Smith's SUV.

Defence lawyers said Mr Stockley had acted "reasonably" in self-defence by killing a drug suspect he believed was reaching for a hidden handgun. In March 2016, SLMPD Internal Affairs investigators contacted the Circuit Attorney's Office to review the matter, with additional evidence developed through both the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, prosecutors said Stockley carried out his premeditated plans to kill Smith by shooting him within 6 inches of his body and planting a revolver in his vehicle, which was found to have only Stockley's DNA on it. Police witnesses testified that officers routinely handle and unload weapons they encounter, in an attempt to explain how Stockley's DNA was on the gun.

But prosecutors said Stockley planted a gun.

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The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners reaches a $900,000 settlement, ending the lawsuit filed on behalf of Smith's daughter. When he took the stand, he stated he was carrying his personal AK-47 because he valued his life and other people's lives over the department policy that states personal weapons can not be carried. Stockley said he climbed into Smith's auto and found a revolver stuffed between the center console and passenger seat.

St Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson wrote in Friday's ruling: "This Court, in conscience, can not say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense".

St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson wrote in his ruling that "This Court, in conscience, can not say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense".

"I understand and appreciate the many challenges that face our city's police officers".

"It's very noble work", she said. "These laws are not made for us".

The attorney for Anthony Lamar Smith's young daughter explains his next steps. The judge said that due to unintelligible portions of the recording, it's impossible to know the context that surrounded the remark.

The prayers are "a chance to join together as God's beloved coming to pray for our metro area and all cities (and) to resist situations that can pull us apart", said Amanda Suchara, media coordinator for the parish.

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