Trial date set for Missouri man charged in trooper’s death

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Trooper James Bava and Serghei Comerzan.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) An October trial date is scheduled for a man accused in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who crashed his vehicle during a chase.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Serghei Comerzan is expected to go to trial Oct. 11 in the Aug. 28 death of Trooper James Bava, who was 25.

Comerzan faces several charges, including second-degree murder or an alternative of first-degree involuntary manslaughter. He’s free on a $100,000 bond.

Authorities say Comerzan was traveling at 105 mph when the trooper tried to stop him on a highway in Audrain County in northeast Missouri. Bava’s patrol car left the roadway, struck a ditch, fence and trees, and caught fire. The trooper’s body was found near his burning vehicle.

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