(VIA KSDK) ST. LOUIS - Former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murder on Friday by a judge's ruling after a bench trial in early August.
Stockley was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in May 2016, about 4 1/2 years after shooting and killing Anthony Lamar Smith Dec. 11, 2011. Stockley opted for a bench trial, which was overseen by veteran Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson Aug. 1 through Aug. 9. On Friday, Wilson made his decision, finding Stockley not guilty on both counts.
After the decision was announced protesters started to gather at Market Street and Tucker Boulevard, near the civil courts building downtown. Among the protesters is Michael Brown Sr., who told Ryan Dean the ruling brings back emotions from his son’s case.