- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A Laurel County constable has been found guilty of reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a Manchester man.

WYMT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2mQjN7G) Bobby Joe Smith faced a manslaughter charge in 30-year-old Brandon Stanley’s death.

Authorities say Smith was attempting to serve a warrant on Stanley at a gas station when the shooting happened last March.

Smiths’ attorney says Smith was backed into a corner and fired his weapon in self-defense.

However, prosecutors argue it wasn’t self-defense, saying Stanley never touched the constable when he was trying to arrest him.

Prosecutors played surveillance video in court Tuesday and Wednesday, showing Smith pointing his gun at Stanley. Witnesses say they heard Stanley being told repeatedly to get down on the floor.


Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wymt.com/

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