The judge in the case has spent more than five weeks so far deliberating the former St. Louis Police officer's fate. Police are working 12-hour shifts, starting Friday. Stockley, they said, shot Smith four times before moving closer for a "kill shot". Stockley exited the police SUV carrying his department-issued handgun along with his personal AK-47 pistol. As Smith's auto slows, Stockley tells Officer Brian Bianchi to "hit him right now", and Bianchi slams the police SUV into Smith's vehicle.
But Stockley is a cop, and so different rules apply to him.
The former police officer chose a bench trial rather than a jury.
During the pursuit, Stockley shouted commands to Bianchi, who drove their police SUV while chasing Smith through the Walnut Park neighborhood at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. A majority white jury acquitted Shelby of first -degree manslaughter. "And self defense in regards to a police officer is something that is not determined by state law, but determined by the Supreme Court of the United States". Some people carried guns, which state law allows. Prosecutors also reviewed whether or not the officers had the ability to use deadly force in making an arrest. They asserted a "kill shot" was sacked at close range after the first four shots were fired in close succession and struck Smith in the shoulder.
The court document, submitted by the St. Louis circuit attorney, said Stockley then approached Smith's window and fired five times into the auto, hitting Smith "with each shot" and killing him, as reported by The Washington Post. "I am confident that we presented sufficient evidence at a trial to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jason Stockley was guilty". "And a shot in the heart to the family of the victim", he said of Smith. Police found a gun in Smith's vehicle, but only Stockley's DNA was on it, leading to accusations the officer had planted the weapon.
Stockley contends that he acted in self defense. He added, "Stockley committed a murder and he gotta be withheld for his actions". Bianchi never fired his weapon. The absence of DNA on the gun does not mean it was not Smith's, he wrote.
Stockley and his partner, Brian Bianchi, parked their marked patrol auto behind the Buick and got out.
In Smith's case, the encounter began when Stockley and his partner tried to corner Smith in a fast-food restaurant parking lot after seeing what appeared to be a drug deal.
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The St. Louis police chief Lawrence M. O'Toole said on Friday morning, the police department knows "emotions are running high", and asked people to protest peacefully. Evidence was gathered, but no charges were filed. But the internal affairs and federal investigations continued.
Closing arguments were heard August 9. The officer then can be "wrestling" with something at the window of Smith's vehicle before firing off the shots.
During the subsequent pursuit, Stockley acknowledged under cross-examination that it sounded like he was "going to kill that (expletive)". And then there was the recording, made during the chase, of Stockley telling his partner, "We're killing this motherfucker, don't you know".
Updated at 7:30 p.m. with information about additional protests - Protesters moved their action from downtown to the Central West End around 7 p.m.
What about the so-called "kill shot" that prosecutors had said was sacked from just six inches away? He died as a result of the gunshot wounds. While he claimed that he saw Smith pull out a gun, prosecutors stated that Stockley actually planted the gun after the fact.
No witness could testify that they saw Smith with a weapon, and yet mysteriously, a.38 revolver that did not have Smith's DNA showed up.
Images from the scene showed a number of confrontations between demonstrators and police. One officers says that he felt odd about what Stockley was doing in the vehicle, Fox 2 reported.
But Wilson saves his most abject moment of deference to the police narrative of Smith's death for the conclusion of his dismissal of the prosecution's evidence.
The defense pointed to the dash cam video as proof Stockley's life was in danger.
Stockley entered Smith's vehicle "to locate the weapon and render it safe", and removed the ammunition from the silver revolver, he said in the report.