FBI expert: Bullet fired at Smith was from less than 6 inches away
Jason Stockley enters the courthouse for the third day of trial (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – In the beginning of the third day of the Jason Stockley trial, an FBI expert testified that one of the bullets fired at Anthony Smith was from less than 6 inches away.
The expert said he tested Smith’s blood-soaked clothes and determined one of the shots was fired from less than 6 inches away. The state has argued that Stockley intended to kill Smith and fired a close-range “kill shot.”
The defense noted there were nine holes in Smith’s jacket and the expert could only determine the distance on one of the holes.
The judge also ruled not to allow the defense to enter Stockley’s written statements in court. The defense said they wanted to submit the statements because it would explain why Stockley shot Smith that day. The defense has argued Stockley shot Smith in self-defense because he was reaching for something in his car.
The state has submitted evidence that only Stockley's DNA was found on a gun recovered from Smith's car.
The former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer is on trial for the first-degree murder of Smith following a police chase in 2011.
Testimony also focused on department policies that were broken on that day. Stockley was carrying his own AK-47, and he has partner continued pursuing the car after they crashed. One officer testified that Stockley and his partner also violated policy by ramming into Smith's car.
Stockley's attorneys have argued such violations are irrelevant.
We will update this story as testimony continues throughout Thursday.
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