DETROIT – A former Michigan State Police trooper was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after being shot with a stun gun.
Mark Bessner had no “legal basis” to fire his Taser from his moving patrol car while trying to stop the 15-year-old Damon Grimes, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said.
Bessner “which is a very high risk of death,” Worthy said.
Damon was driving a ATV at 35 to 40 km / h on a Detroit street when he crashed on Aug. 26. An autopsy showed that the remains of a stun gun were in the boy’s hair.
A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with Bessner’s lawyer. In August, attorney Richard Convertino said Bessner made a split-second decision to use a Taser when Damon refused to stop. He resigned from the state police after the incident.
In addition to murder, Bessner also is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Since the teenager’s death, the police no longer conduct high-speed chases in Detroit, unless they are investigating a major crime.