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Former St. Louis officer pleads not guilty to first-degree murder indictment

Former St. Louis officer pleads not guilty to first-degree murder indictment

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ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis grand jury has indicted former police officer Jason Stockley on a charge of first-degree murder for the on-duty shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Stockley of Houston, pleaded not guilty during a short hearing Monday before Judge Theresa Counts Burke.

He is set to make an appearance before Judge Michael Mullen in October.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged Stockley through a complaint with first-degree murder in May for the December 2011 shooting death of Smith, 24. A grand jury then upheld Joyce's original charge and indicted Stockley with first-degree murder last week.

Stockley fatally shot Smith during a confrontation after a high-speed pursuit through north St. Louis after Stockley said Smith pointed a gun at him. 

His bail remains set at $1 million, of which the St. Louis Police Officers' Association posted $100,000. He is staying with relatives in Illinois while he awaits trial. 

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Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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