Closing Arguments Scheduled for former MSP Trooper in Death of Teen

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DETROIT, MI – Many are waiting the outcome of the trial of former MSP Trooper Mark Bessner who is charged in connection with the death of Damon Grimes.Mark Bessner

Closing arguments will not be heard until Monday, October 29th, 2018 starting at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Margaret Van Houten in the death of the 15-year-old Detroit boy

Mark Bessner, 43-years-old, has been charged in connection with the fatal ATV crash that killed Damon Grimes in Detroit.

On August 26th, 2017, Bessner was the passenger in a Michigan State Police (MSP) patrol car.  When Bessner and his partner observed a four-wheel All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) being driven by Grimes down Reno and Fairmont Streets in Detroit the troopers attempted to stop Grimes for a traffic violation, a pursuit ensued.

At approximately 5:31 p.m. on Rossini Street, it is alleged that Bessner unnecessarily deployed his Taser at Grimes from the MSP patrol car while Grimes was riding at approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour. Grimes was struck by the Taser’s prongs and then his ATV crashed into a truck parked on the street in the 14500 block of Rossini. Grimes was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 5:58 p.m.