- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on the St. Louis murder trial of a former police officer accused in a suspect’s shooting death (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The defense has rested in the trial of a white former St. Louis police officer accused of murder in the 2011 shooting death of a black man.

Jason Stockley testified on his behalf Tuesday, saying he saw a firearm in Anthony Lamar Smith’s hand before a chase that preceded the gunfire that killed Smith. That counters prosecutors’ claims that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him.

Stockley is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The case will be decided by a judge. It was not immediately clear when attorneys for both sides might give closing arguments.

Stockley testified he and his partner witnessed what they thought was a drug transaction involving 24-year-old Smith, who Stockley says then used his car to twice strike the police vehicle.

Stockley says he saw Smith holding a silver revolver as the man sped away. After a chase, Stockley repeatedly shot Smith.

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12:50 p.m.

A white former St. Louis police officer on trial in the 2011 shooting death of a black man says he saw a firearm in the suspect’s hand before a chase that preceded the deadly gunfire.

Jason Stockley’s testimony Tuesday during his trial on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action counters prosecutors’ claims that Stockley planted a gun in Anthony Lamar Smith’s car after shooting him.

Stockley testified he and his partner witnessed what they thought was a drug transaction involving 24-year-old Smith, who Stockley says then used his car to twice strike the police vehicle.

Stockley says he saw Smith holding a silver revolver as the man sped away. After a chase, Stockley repeatedly shot Smith.

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