St. Louis officer unique in opting for trial without a jury

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The fate of a white former St. Louis police officer accused of killing a black man rests with a judge, not a jury of his peers. Experts say that given the public scrutiny of recent police shootings, Jason Stockley’s decision to opt for a bench trial makes sense.

Stockley is charged with first-degree murder in the December 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The 24-year-old drug suspect who was shot after leading police on a chase. The trial before veteran Circuit Judge...

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