State Withheld Evidence in Smith Suit

imagesBy MCNS Staff

Local reports indicate that attorneys representing the state of Missouri withheld key evidence from Anthony Lamar Smith’s family during a 2012 civil lawsuit, investigations have found.

The Smith family’s attorney, Albert Watkins, says that lawyers did not tell them about or submit “vital” DNA evidence.

Smith, a 24-year-old black man, was killed in 2011 by a white St. Louis police officer in 2011 after a high high speed chase before which he threatened to kill Smith. The city paid a $900,000 settlement to Smith’s daughter.

Attorney General Josh Hawley commissioned the investigation after Watkins complained in September about the missing lab reports. Watkins lodged similar complaints in 2016.

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