The Latest: ‘No common sense’ in Michigan cop’s use of Taser

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the second-degree murder trial of a former Michigan trooper in the death of a Detroit teenager (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

A prosecutor is urging jurors to convict a former Michigan State Police trooper of second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teen, saying there wasn’t a “lick of common sense” in firing a Taser at a boy riding an all-terrain vehicle.

Damon (Da-MAHN’) Grimes crashed the ATV and died. Mark Bessner is on trial for a second time after the first trial last fall ended without a unanimous verdict .

The trial moved to closing arguments Tuesday after Bessner declined to tell his version of what happened in 2017 on a Detroit street. It was a major shift in strategy: He offered emotional testimony at the first trial, telling jurors that he believed the 15-year-old had a gun. Grimes didn’t have a weapon.

Defense attorney Richard Convertino says the ATV was in poor condition and Bessner feared for his safety.


11:19 a.m.

A former Michigan State Police trooper charged with murder in the death of a Detroit teen says he won’t testify in his own defense.

Mark Bessner is on trial for the second time after a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict last fall. He testified at the first trial but told a judge Tuesday that he will remain silent this time. It’s a major shift in strategy.

Damon (Da-MAHN’) Grimes was 15 years old in 2017 when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died after Bessner shot him with a Taser on a Detroit street.

Prosecutors say the Taser was unnecessary and created a high risk of danger. At the first trial, Bessner told jurors that he believed Grimes was armed. The teen had no gun.

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