Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anthony Smith's Fiance, Daughter Urge 'Calm and Patience' in Response to Jason Stockley Verdict

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anthony Smith's Fiance, Daughter Urge 'Calm and Patience' in Response to Jason Stockley Verdict

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ST. LOUIS * The fiance and daughter of a St. Louis man fatally shot in 2011 by a St. Louis police officer are urging "calm and patience" while waiting for the verdict in the former officer's murder trial that ended Aug. 9.

Jason Stockley was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Dec. 20, 2011, killing of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, of St. Louis. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson will decide the case because Stockley waived his right to a jury trial.

"Regardless of the verdict, the commitment of the state to prosecute Mr. Stockley is, in itself, an important part of all that is justice," said Al Watkins, attorney for Smith's fiance, Christina Wilson, in a news release.

"To the extent Mr. Smith can leave a legacy for his child to embrace, it is hoped our city can use this pre-Ferguson tragic loss of life to serve as a catalyst for post-Ferguson healing. …

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