- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

MEXICO, Mo. (AP) - A northeast Missouri man has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

The Mexico Ledger (https://bit.ly/1OcNJhb) reports that Serghei Pavel Comerzan of Mexico, Missouri, also was denied a requested lower bond during his arraignment Thursday in Audrain County.

Originally jailed on $100,000 bond, a judge more than doubled it to $250,000.

Comerzan is charged with second-degree murder, resisting arrest and other counts for an August chase that resulted in the August death of trooper James Bava.

Comerzan is jailed on $100,000 bond.

Bava wrecked his patrol car Aug. 28 after observing a motorcyclist commit a traffic violation and giving chase. Authorities say Comerzan was traveling at 105 mph when the trooper tried to stop him on a highway in Audrain County.

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