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Second trial set for ex-Michigan trooper in boy’s death

November 7, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner testifies in his murder trial in Detroit. Deliberations continued Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in the case against Bessner, who shot Damon Grimes in Detroit with a Taser from a moving patrol car in August 2017. Jurors have let the judge know they don't believe they can reach a verdict. (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper will face a second trial in April in the death of a Detroit boy who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after he was shot with a Taser.

Mark Bessner’s first trial ended without a unanimous verdict on Oct. 31. A judge on Wednesday set another trial for April 1.

Bessner is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Damon (Da-MAHN’) Grimes, who crashed an ATV in August 2017.

Bessner shot Grimes from the passenger seat of a moving patrol car as he and his partner pursued the boy at high speed. Bessner says he believed Grimes was armed, but the teen had no weapon. He quit the state police.

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This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of ‘quit.’

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