- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

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

Serghei P. Comerzan, 21, of Mexico, Missouri, is expected to go to trial Oct. 11 in the death of Trooper James Bava, 25.

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

Comerzan was charged in November with second-degree murder or an alternative of first-degree involuntary manslaughter. He also faces charges of resisting a lawful stop, resisting a member of the patrol, careless and imprudent driving, speeding and failure to register a motor vehicle, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported (https://j.mp/29kiSXT ).

Comerzan has been free on a $100,000 bond since March. Circuit Judge Wesley Dalton also recently modified bond conditions for Comerzan, allowing him to drive to work in a car or truck.

No other court dates in the case have been set, according to a clerk with the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com

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