Trooper to stand trial in ATV death
Former Michigan State Trooper Mark Bessner will stand trial on murder charges in the death of 15-year-old Detroit teen Damon Grimes.
Bessner waived his preliminary examination Thursday in the case. He posted a $1 million bond a few days ago, said his defense attorney Richard Convertino, and is out on bond until he goes to trial on the charges.
Bessner is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Aug. 26 death of Damon.
The preliminary examination was adjourned from Jan. 24 to Thursday to give Bessner’s defense attorney, Richard Convertino, more time to go through discovery materials in the case.
State police officials said Damon did not obey an order to stop driving his ATV illegally in the street on the city’s east side. Bessner, in violation of Michigan State Police department policy, allegedly used his Taser on Damon.
Damon then crashed into a parked flatbed and died from blunt-force head trauma. If convicted, Bessner faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Two other state troopers — including Ethan Berger, who drove the police cruiser the day of the incident, according to police sources, and another who allegedly mishandled evidence from the crime scene — also have been suspended as a result of an investigation into Damon’s death. Neither has been charged with a crime.