Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles County Jury Acquits Man of Manslaughter in Death of Trooper in Crash

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles County Jury Acquits Man of Manslaughter in Death of Trooper in Crash

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ST. CHARLES * Jurors acquitted on Friday a man from Mexico, Mo., accused of causing the death of a Missouri state trooper in a crash in 2015.

It was the second trial for Serghei Comerzan, 23. A mistrial was declared in the first trial in May 2017. He was charged with first-degree manslaughter and resisting a lawful stop.

Prosecutors reduced the charges from second-degree murder and resisting arrest shortly before the second trial began Monday in the courtroom of St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House.

They said Comerzan should have known a state trooper was chasing him Aug. 28, 2015, when Trooper James Bava, 25, crashed and died on a hilly, two-lane highway in rural Audrain County.

The defense lawyer argued Comerzan could not have known Bava was trying to stop Comerzan's motorcycle.

Bava, 25, formerly of St. …

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