Jury finds former Michigan State Police trooper guilty in death of Detroit teen

  • Source: WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit
  • Published: 04/18/2019 12:00 AM

A jury has found Mark Bessner, the former Michigan State Police trooper charged in the death of a Detroit teen, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for May 2 and he was taken into custody after the trial. There were at least 10 Wayne County Sheriff's deputies in the courtroom as a jury reached a verdict. The jury in this trial begin deliberations around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. This is the second trial in the case of Bessner, after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his first trial and a judge declared a mistrial. Michigan State Police released this statement: "Today, former trooper Mark Bessner was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Damon Grimes of Detroit. The Michigan State Police appreciates the careful deliberation of the men and women of the jury and we are grateful to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for their dedication to justice. We send our sincere condolences to the family, friends and supporters of Damon Grimes."


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