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March 2, 2018
EMPHASIS: Missouri State Highway Patrol Comment On Comerzan Case

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that today, a jury found Serghei Comerzan not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and resisting arrest in the death of Trooper James M. Bava.

Colonel Karsten stated, “This has been a very difficult period of time for James' family, friends, and for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I want to express my thanks to all our employees as well as the law enforcement personnel who have invested countless hours in this investigation, including the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, and to every citizen who offered their help and support in any way. I am very grateful. The Patrol will continue to support the Bava Family in any way that we can.”