- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on the St. Louis murder trial of a former officer (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A prosecutor says dashcam video captured a former St. Louis police officer promising to kill a black motorist during a chase less than a minute before he fatally shot the man.

Prosecutor Robert Steele said during closing arguments in Jason Stockley’s murder trial that Stockley’s threat showed he intended to kill 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Stockley’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, dismissed the comment as “human emotion” and said Shockley shot Smith in self-defense. Stockley testified Tuesday that he saw Smith holding a gun before the chase.

Prosecutors allege that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him.

Judge Timothy Wilson gave the two sides until Aug. 18 to submit post-trial briefs. He will rule sometime after that.

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12:15 p.m.

A judge won’t rule for at least nine more days in the trial of a former St. Louis police officer charged with murder in the 2011 killing of a black man.

Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson on Wednesday gave prosecutors and Jason Stockley’s defense attorneys until Aug. 18 to submit post-trial briefs for him to consider. He will rule sometime after that.

The two sides made their closing arguments. The judge, instead of a jury, will issue the verdict.

Stockley testified Tuesday that he saw 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith holding a gun before the high-speed chase that preceded him killing Smith. Stockley said he perceived Smith to be an imminent threat.

Prosecutors allege that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him.

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11 a.m.

Closing arguments are underway in the St. Louis murder trial of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man after a chase nearly six years ago.

Both sides in the first-degree murder trial of Jason Stockley were summarizing their cases Wednesday to Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson, who will decide the matter instead of a jury. It’s unknown when Wilson will rule.

Stockley testified Tuesday that he saw a gun in 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith’s hand before the high-speed chase that preceded him killing Smith. Stockley said he perceived Smith to be an imminent threat.

Prosecutors allege that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him.

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