OZARK, Ala. (AP) — Evidence shows a white Alabama police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black man told an investigator he opened fire after the man swung a pole at him.
Prosecutors on Wednesday played jurors a recording of a statement made by Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith about the death of 58-year-old Greg Gunn.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports Smith initially told an investigator that Gunn swung a painting pole at him before he opened fire. Prosecutors say Smith’s story changed over time, leading to a murder charge.
The defense portrays Gunn as being on cocaine and presenting a threat to Smith.
The shooting happened in February 2016. The trial is being held in the south Alabama town of Ozark after a judge moved it out of Montgomery.