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Hawley wants independent counsel to review Anthony Lamar Smith civil suit

Updated Sept. 28 with name of attorney —Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Monday he’ll hire outside help to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in connection with a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Smith, a 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed by then-St. Louis officer Jason Stockley in 2011 after a chase. Stockley, who is white, was acquitted Sept. 15 of first-degree murder.

The independent counsel will look into allegations that St. Louis and members of former Attorney General Chris Koster’s administration withheld evidence connected to the civil suit, which was settled in 2013. Smith's family wants to resume the mediation process. Hawley is a Republican, Koster is a Democrat. 

On Thursday, Hawley appointed Hal Goldsmith of Bryan Cave, LLC, as the independent counsel. Goldsmith was an assistant U.S. attorney for 20 years, the release said.

An attorney for Smith’s family said the evidence includes cellphone video taken by a witness after the shooting and documents that show only Stockley’s DNA was found on a gun retrieved from Smith’s car.

Prosecutors alleged Stockley executed Smith after a car chase and then planted a gun in his car. Stockley maintained that Smith reached for the gun and that he shot Smith in self-defense.

“As Mr. Smith’s family states, these allegations deserve ‘a full, accurate, and transparent’ accounting,” Hawley, a Republican, said.

Koster, a Democrat who now works for Clayton-based health insurance company Centene, and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's office didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

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Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.
Marshall Griffin
St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.
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