On Friday, September 15, 2017 Wilson made his decision, finding Stockley not guilty of murder.
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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner told KMOV she was disappointed by the judge's decision and believed that Smith's death was a premeditated murder."While officer-involved shooting cases are extremely hard to prevail in court, I believe we offered sufficient evident that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Jason Stockley meant to kill Mr. Smith".
The chase reached almost 90 miles per hour before Stockley told Bianchi to ram their SUV into Smith's auto, which deployed Smith's air bags. During the pursuit, Stockley could be heard saying on an internal police vehicle video he was going to kill Smith, prosecutors said.
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"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 the decision. Just before he shot Smith, Stockley said, "We're killing this [expletive deleted], don't you know", according to dashboard camera video cited in the trial.
Stockley, who shot Smith five times, was charged with first-degree murder.
In testimony on his own behalf on August 8, Stockley said he "had to do what he had to do" and "would violate" any policy if the policy put his life in jeopardy. That officer was never charged but eventually resigned.
Two Catholic churches in St. Louis - St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Nicholas - opened for prayer and conversation after the verdict was announced.
He then added that Stockley saying that he was going to "kill this motherf*cker" was an "ambiguous" statement, "depending on the circumstance".
Few police officers ever face trial in shooting deaths, and even fewer are convicted. Forty-five seconds later, he fatally shot Smith. A case in OH twice ended with hung juries, and prosecutors have decided not to seek a third trial. "So, no justice, no peace", the 44-year-old St. Louis resident said.
Defence lawyers said Mr Stockley had acted "reasonably" in self-defence by killing a drug suspect he believed was reaching for a hidden handgun. Smith tried to flee from Stockley on December 20, 2011, following an alleged drug deal, authorities said.
Prosecutors believe Stockley's claim that Smith had a gun and was reaching for it at the time of the shooting was not corroborated by any of the videos or scientific evidence, nor by the actions and reactions of his partner.
Mr Stockley said he was retrieving some equipment to administer first aid.
Closing arguments by the prosecution asserted the idea that Stockley obviously planted the weapon in the vehicle of the deceased Smith.