DETROIT (WWJ) – A former Michigan State Police trooper charged with murder in the death of a Detroit teenager will have to wait another week to find out if he will stand trail in the death of a Detroit teenager.

During a brief hearing this morning, a 36th District Court judge rescheduled Mark Bessner’s preliminary exam to next Thursday, to allow his defense attorney more time to prepare for the case. The judge also denied a motion to lower his bond from $1 million; it’s the second time the request has been rejected.

Bessner is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the August death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes, who was joyriding on an all-terrain vehicle on Detroit’s east side.

Police say Bessner attempted to stop Grimes for reckless driving, with the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren activated, but Grimes refused to stop, leading troopers in a pursuit.

At some point during the chase, Bessner deployed a Taser and struck the teen. Grimes lost control of the 4-wheeler, drove onto the sidewalk and crashed into a parked pickup truck. The teen died of his injuries at a local hospital.

Through his attorney, Richard Convertino, Bessner says he “was forced to make a split-second decision under circumstances on the scene and at the moment, which was tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving.”

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said there was no reason for Bessner to fire his Taser — especially from a moving patrol car.

Meantime, a $50 million civil lawsuit has been filed against the trooper, accusing him of excessive force.

© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments
  1. If the kid wasn’t breaking the law in the first place by driving an ATV on a city street, not being licensed and fleeing and eluding the officer in the first place none of this would have happened. Why is it that the only focus is on the officer not on the law breaker? Punish him for using his taser from a vehicle which I understand is against their code of conduct, but also hold the young man accountable for the part he played in his own death.I am certain the officer never expected his actions to result in a death, but I am also sure his job is to uphold the law which the young man was breaking several times over.

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