DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A judge has refused to lower a $1 million bond for a former Michigan state trooper charged with murder, calling the request “offensive.”
Mark Bessner and his lawyer appeared in court Thursday, a week before a judge determines if there’s enough evidence to send him to trial. Bessner has been in jail since he was charged two weeks ago with second-degree murder.
Bessner is charged in the August death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes, who was joyriding on an all-terrain vehicle when the trooper fired his stun gun. 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.”
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.
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