Widow of Officer Synder Calls for Big Turnout at Friday's Closing Arguments

Elizabeth Snyder and family of officer Blake Snyder have attended the trial all week

Kevin Killeen
February 07, 2019 - 6:20 pm

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CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing a St. Louis County police officer will hear closing arguments Friday morning and then begin deliberations.

Trenton Forster, who was 18 at the time, is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2016 shooting death of Officer Blake Snyder.

In testimony throughout the week, the prosecution has built a case to argue that Forster planned to kill a police officer, had told his friends so, and went to great lengths to buy a gun and ammunition.

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The defense has not denied that Forster killed Snyder, but has put on witnesses to argue that Forster is a drug addict with a history of mental problems, and committed the crime on the spur of the moment when a police officer approached him to investigate a call for peace disturbance.

At stake in the trial is whether Forster might get a second-degree murder conviction and hope for future parole--or get a first-degree conviction and face life without parole.

Throughout the trial, Forster has sat calmly, sometimes appearing bored or slouching, while the jury has heard testimony from experts on his mental state.

Earlier in the week, the jury was shown the color photographs from the autopsy of Snyder, showing the damage done by the single bullet that struck him in the chin and severed his carotid artery before lodging in his back.

Snyder's widow Elizabeth and several family members have been attending the trial all week, along with dozens of St. Louis County police officers. So many officers, that a spillover courtroom with a video feed was needed.

Closing arguments are scheduled to start at nine o'clock Friday morning and the jury deliberations will begin after that. 

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