MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) A judge later this month will sentence a former Alabama police officer who was found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.
Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin set a Jan. 29 sentencing date for former Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith.
A jury in November found Smith guilty of manslaughter for the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn.
Smith is white. Gunn was black. Smith shot and killed Gunn after he fled from a random stop-and-frisk.
The defense maintained that Smith fired in self-defense because Gunn was grabbing a painter’s pole from a porch, but prosecutors said Gunn was never a threat.