BUCHANAN COUNTY, Mo. – When five defendants pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of Skylar Powell, a Buchanan County judge would not accept one plea.
Justin Smith pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, but his plea was not enough. Justin Smith never acknowledged shooting Powell when Smith testified that he and Gabe Dawson exchanged gunfire in Powell’s direction. Judge Patrick Robb says Smith’s testimony could raise a claim of self defense on appeal.
Smith has a new hearing scheduled for October 13th.