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Opening Arguments Set For This Morning in St. Louis County Officer Shooting Case

Trenton Forster is accused of murdering officer Blake Snyder in 2016

February 04, 2019 - 6:47 am
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) —  Opening arguments are scheduled this morning in the murder trial of a man accused of gunning down a St. Louis County police officer.

Trenton Forster is accused of first-degree murder in the October 2016 death of 33-year old officer Blake Snyder. 

Snyder had responded to a peace disturbance call in  South County. Forester was 18 at the time.

The decision not to seek the death penalty was made before new prosecutor Wesley Bell took office.

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Among the witnesses, Snyder's partner, who was there and shot Forster several times. Forster was hospitalized for a time, but has since recovered and has been held on $1 million bail ever since.

Snyder left behind a wife and infant son.

The trial is expected to take about five days. 

Related: Jury Selection Begins for Ofc. Blake Snyder Murder Trial