Witness testimonies continue in Comerzan trial

1 month 3 days 2 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:36:00 PM CDT in News
By: Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporter

ST. CHARLES - The second day of a trial in the death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava centered around testimony from investigators and family friends Tuesday.

Bava died on Aug. 28, 2015, after his car crashed while pursuing Mexico resident Serghei Comerzan for speeding along Route FF in Audrain County.

A tearful Master Sgt. Doug McPike with the Missouri State Highway Patrol,  recounted the day of the crash for jurors.

"I've seen a lot. I've supervised a lot of young men and women," McPike said. "I've had a close relationship with a lot of them and James Bava was no different."

McPike knew both Comerzan, who had gone to school with McPike's son, and Bava.

During the trial, a state trooper video was shown of an interview between McPike and Comerzan, who had been brought in for questioning. McPike was there to read Comerzan his legal rights.

In the video, the McPike and Comerzan can be seen discussing personal matters, including a biking trip they had taken a few years before. The two talked about the role McPike had in teaching Comerzan to ride motorcycles.

The video also shows McPike questioning Comerzan about whether he had been on route FF the day of the crash. Comerzan denied it, but later recanted that statement to investigators, saying he had mixed up the road with route ZZ.

Following the presentation of this video to the jury, McPike testified Comerzan had lied a total of six times to him during that interview.

Additional testimony Tuesday included statements from computer crimes investigator Corp. Patrick Sublett, who testified about information found in Comerzan's cell phone, and video from Bava's computer.

 

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