The ex-Louis police officer who has recently acquitted of the murder trial in the fatal shooting of a black driver in 2011, opened up and broke his long-term silence.
In an exclusive interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after acquitted of murder, Stockley said, “I did not murder Anthony Lamar Smith. I did not plant a gun.”
He said, “I can feel for and I understand what the family is going through, and I know everyone wants someone to blame, but I’m just not the guy.”
The videotaped interview was released on Youtube hours later judge’s 30-page order was issued. The order has increased the level of tension in the St. Louis.
Stockley told the Post-Dispatch, “It feels like a burden has been lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts.”
“The taking of a life is the most significant thing that one can do and it’s not something that is done lightly and it’s not something that should ever be celebrated. And it’s just a horrible experience altogether. But, sometimes, it’s necessary,” Stockley said.
In a trial, Stockley says he did recall his words — I am “going to kill this motherf—er, don’t you know it,” as court documents’ outline.
Prosecutors had charged him with murder and planting a gun in Smith’s car which was later found to contain DNA of Stockley only.
Stockley told the newspaper, “I can tell you with absolute certainty that there was no plan to murder Anthony Smith during a high-speed vehicle pursuit.” He added, “It’s just not the case.”
He told the Post-Dispatch, “Every resisting looks bad. They never look good.”
“So what you have to separate are the optics from the facts, and if a person is unwilling to do that, then they’ve already made up their mind and the facts just don’t matter. To those people, there’s nothing that I can do to change their minds.”
“Because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Stockley said. “If you’re telling the truth, and you’ve been wrongfully accused, you should be shouting it from a mountaintop.”