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This morning, St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found ex-cop Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith.

Wilson wrote in his ruling, “This Court, in conscience, cannot say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense.”

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In December 2011, Stockley– a then cop– chased, shot and killed 24-year-old Smith.

Stockley plead not guilty stating that he acted in self-defense when he thought he saw Smith reaching for a gun in his car.

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