Damage Award Goes Up in Jason Stockley Shooting

Family of Anthony Lamar Smith to get another $500,000

Kevin Killeen
December 06, 2018 - 2:20 pm
Attorney Albert Watkins

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The family of the man shot and killed in 2011 by then-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley has won another $500,000 in damages in their wrongful death case. 

Attorney Albert Watkins says the city and the state have admitted they withheld key evidence before the family of Anthony Lamar Smith reached a 2013 settlement of of $900,000.

"It is the DNA evidence that reflected and indicated that my client's, father's DNA was not on the handgun purportedly found in his car at the time that he was shot," Watkins said.

As part of the agreement, Watkins says, a full report on the shooting prepared by the Missouri Attorney General must be made public. 

Half of the $500,000 will come from the city, half from the state, Watkins said.

The agreement still needs to be finalized by a judge.

Watkins says individual attorneys responsible for withholding the evidence could face challenges to their law licences.