DETROIT – A lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea for a former Michigan state trooper charged with the death of a Detroit teen and says that she is the face of the matter “to go.”
A magistrate set bond at $1 million for Mark Bessner. He appeared in court Thursday, a day after he was charged with second-degree murder. Bessner fired his Taser on Damon Grimes while trying to stop the 15-year-old from driving an all-terrain vehicle on a Detroit street in August.
The teenager crashed the car and died.
Bessner deferred to his lawyer, Richard Convertino, and not speak in court. Convertino asked that his client be released without posting money, but a Magistrate Bari Blake Wood.
Bessner close the state police in September.