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Judge Denies Montgomery Police Officer Immunity, Murder Trial to Move Forward

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 26 2018 4:19 PM

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The immunity hearing for Montgomery Police Officer Aaron Cody Smith, who is charged with murder for the death of Gregory Gunn in 2016, has ended with a judge denying the officer immunity.

Judge Greg Griffin ruled from the bench after the immunity hearing, deciding the defense had not met the burden of proof necessary to show Smith was justified in using deadly force against Gunn. 

The defense argued Smith acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Gunn while on duty. Defense attorneys Roianne Conners and Mickey McDermott used Alabama’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law as a defense, the first time a law enforcement officer has used it as a defense in the state.

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