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Family of Anthony Smith speaks out as they await verdict in former officer murder case

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Thursday, the family of a man shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer is anxiously awaiting a judge's decision in the case.

They tell News 4 the past few days of sitting in the courtroom have been like living through their loved one's death all over again.

During the last two weeks of the trial, families for both former officer Jason Stockley and Anthony Smith, the man Stockley shot and killed, have packed into the front rows of the courtroom.

Stockley's family has declined to talk to News 4, due to an ongoing gag order.

Thursday, Smith's family asked News 4 to meet at the only place they can visit him.

Anthony Smith’s mother, brother, nieces and nephews laid gifts at his grave Thursday. They left angels for Anthony. They admit he wasn't always one. 

“Anybody who he cared about, he was always there for them,” said Antwane Johnson.

It was back in 2011, Johnson learned his brother had been shot by St. Louis police.

“I just went and laid down and cried about it,” Johnson said.

Nearly the entire thing was captured on video. In surveillance of Smith fleeing, in dash camera video of a high-speed chase that ensued and in cell phone video of the aftermath of the shooting.

All that and much more was presented in court.

“It’s like re-living the situation all over again. I am seeing videos I never even saw,” Johnson said.

Johnson had seen Stockley before trial though.

Records confirmed Stockley and his partner Brian Bianchi had arrested Johnson eight days before his brother's death.

"When he arrested me, he was like, where are your brothers? After he got my name and address, he started asking, where are your brothers?" Johnson said. 

In court, Stockley testified he didn't know Smith before the shooting.

As a judge now weighs all the evidence, Johnson says he's hoping for justice.

“Stockley’s guilty, he took my brother away, we ain’t never going to get him back,” Johnson said.

A judge dismissed charges against Johnson.

Johnson says this isn't an issue of race, but of abuse of power.

No matter what the outcome of the trial, they say they do not want to see rioting or unrest.

Again, Stockley’s family and attorneys have declined to comment for now. Stockley's defense attorney, though, has been clearly arguing in court that Stockley acted in self-defense, saying it's a tragedy, but one created by Anthony Smith, not Jason Stockley.

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