- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

MEXICO, Mo. (AP) - A change of venue has been granted for the trial of a Missouri man accused in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Serghei Pavel Comerzan of Mexico, Missouri, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges for an August 2015 chase that resulted in the death of trooper James Bava. Bava wrecked his patrol car after observing a motorcyclist commit a traffic violation and giving chase. Authorities say Comerzan was traveling at 105 mph when Bava tried to stop him in Audrain County.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (https://j.mp/2hCDomQ) the venue change from Audrain County to St. Charles County was ordered Tuesday. In Missouri, a venue change can be requested without cause in counties with fewer than 75,000 residents. Audrain County has about 25,000 people.

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