Trial begins for man accused in trooper's death


The trial for a Mexico, Missouri, man accused of killing a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper in 2015 began Friday with jury selection in St. Charles County.

Serghei Comerzan was charged with second-degree murder, and several other charges, in the death of Trooper James Bava.

Comerzan and Bava's respective families were seen in the courtroom all day Friday.

St. Charles County judge Ted House set a specific rule allowing only six uniformed troopers in the courtroom at anytime during the trial. Two uniformed troopers sat and watched Friday's jury selection.

Prosecutors claim Comerzan tried to outrun Trooper Bava on his motorcycle on August 28, 2015.

Bava's Patrol car crashed on State Highway FF in Audrain County and he was killed in that crash. Comerzan was then arrested nearly three months later.

Court documents alleged Comerzan traveled more than 100 miles an hour but Comerzan claimed he did not know Trooper Bava was pursuing him.

The case will continue Monday and was expected to continue May 22-26.

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