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Verdict in Stockley murder trial not expected before next Friday

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Cell phone video still after fatal shooting of Anthony Smith (Credit: Police) Cell phone video still after fatal shooting of Anthony Smith (Credit: Police)

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV.com) - Closing arguments occurred Wednesday morning in the St. Louis murder trial of a former police officer in the fatal shooting of a man after a chase nearly six years ago.

Both sides in the first-degree murder trial of Jason Stockley summarized their cases Wednesday to Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson, who will decide the matter instead of a jury. It’s unknown when Wilson will rule but both sides have until Aug. 18 to files briefs with the judge.

Stockley testified Tuesday that he saw a gun in 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith’s hand before the high-speed chase that preceded him killing Smith. Stockley said he perceived Smith to be an imminent threat.

Prosecutors allege that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him.

During the closing arguments, Stockley did not show much emotion.

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