Ex-Officer Fights Murder Count Over Shooting

     ST. LOUIS (CN) — A former St. Louis City police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder — shooting a man five times after a high-speed chase.
     A grand jury indicted Jason Stockley last week and he appeared before City Judge Theresa Counts Burke on Monday, in the on-duty shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.
     Stockley claims he shot Smith, 24, after Smith pointed a gun at him following a high-speed pursuit through north St. Louis.
     According to a probable cause statement attached to the first-degree murder complaint, Stockley shot into Smith’s car in north St. Louis on Dec. 20, 2011, then pursued him at more than 80 miles per hour.
     “During the pursuit, the defendant is heard saying ‘going to kill this motherfucker, don’t you know it,'” according to the probable cause statement.
     As Smith’s car slowed to a stop, Stockley told another officer to “Hit him right now,” at which point the driver slammed the police SUV into the victim’s car, according to the probable cause statement. “The defendant then approached the victim’s car on the driver’s side and shot five times into the car, striking the victim A.S. with each shot.”
     Stockley is scheduled to appear before City Judge Michael Mullen in October.
     His bail remains set at $1 million, of which the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association posted $100,000, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is staying with relatives in Illinois while he awaits trial.

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