Man charged in state trooper’s death faces August trial
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with being under the influence of marijuana and causing a crash that killed a state police trooper is heading to trial in August.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that a judge on Wednesday scheduled jury selection in the trial of David Njuguna to start Aug. 1.
Prosecutors allege the Webster man was driving under the influence of marijuana on March 16, 2016, when his car struck Trooper Thomas Clardy’s cruiser from behind on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton. Clardy was conducting a traffic stop.
The trooper died at the scene.
Prosecutors say Njuguna was going more than 80 mph when he hit the cruiser without braking. He faces multiple charges, including manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty.
His attorney has questioned some evidence in the case.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com