DETROIT (AP) — Jurors are ready to hear opening statements in the second trial of a former Michigan state trooper who is blamed for the death of a Detroit teen on an all-terrain vehicle.
Mark Bessner’s first trial last fall ended without a verdict. He’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes in 2017. Opening statements are set for Wednesday.
Bessner shot Grimes with a Taser from a moving patrol car as he and his partner pursued the boy at high speed. Grimes crashed the ATV and died.
Bessner said he believed Grimes was armed , but the teen had no weapon. He quit the state police.
The incident caused the state police to change its policy and stop high-speed chases for routine traffic offenses in Detroit.
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