Charges in trooper's death downgraded for Comerzan
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second trial is about to begin.
Serghei Comerzan now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree rather than second-degree murder. He still faces charges of resisting arrest.
Jurors were chosen Friday for Comerzan's second trial, which will begin Monday. The original trial was declared a mistrial because jurors could not agree on whether he was guilty or not.
Bava died when his squad car crashed while pursuing Comerzan, who was riding his motorcycle on Route FF in Audrain County on August 28, 2015.
Data retrieved from Bava's squad car indicated that he was going around 140 miles per hour when he crashed.
During the May trial's closing arguments, the prosecution and defense argued over whether or not Comerzan saw that Bava was pursuing him.