AL Supreme Court Stays Smith Murder Trial

Aug 9, 2018

Aaron Smith

The Alabama Supreme Court has stayed the trial of a Montgomery police officer facing murder charges.

Aaron Cody Smith was scheduled to go to trial Monday on murder charges for the 2016 shooting of 58-year-old Greg Gunn. Yesterday, state Supreme Court justices stayed the trial to consider his appeal on a number of issues.

Smith's attorneys argue he should be immune from prosecution because he was acting in self-defense.

They also argue the trial judge tainted the jury pool with comments about the case.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin said last month that he didn't find Smith's testimony about the shooting "credible." Griffin made the comment while denying Smith's immunity request.

Smith shot Gunn during a confrontation that began after Smith stopped Gunn as he was walking home through his neighborhood late at night in February 2016.

The Supreme Court told prosecutors to file their response to the defense appeals within two weeks.