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St. Louis Area Clergy Warns Of Violence If Former Officer Not Convicted

A group of clergy is warning about the potential for unrest if a former St. Louis police officer is acquitted of first-degree murder. The group read a letter for the judge in the case, and predicts violent protests if Stockley isn't convicted.

A group of clergy is warning about the potential for unrest if a former St. Louis police officer is acquitted of first-degree murder.

About 25 St. Louis clergy members read a letter Friday to the judge weighing the case against Jason Stockley.

The Rev. Clinton Stancil read the clergy's letter. He says the group doesn't condone violence, but he predicts protests if Stockley isn't convicted.

Stockley is charged with killing 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith, a drug suspect, after a December 2011 chase. Prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted a gun in Smith's car after he shot him.

Stockley's trial ended Aug. 9, but it's unclear when Judge Timothy Wilson will rule.

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