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Judge to decide if man will stand trial in Michigan trooper's death

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CLARKSTON, Mich – A  hearing continues for a judge to decide if a 69-year-old Waterford man who is accused of hitting a Michigan State trooper will go to trial.

The preliminary hearing for Charles Warren began in January, but was adjourned and will resume on Wednesday.  

Warren is accused of hitting Trooper Chad Wolf on Interstate 75 on Aug. 28 while Wolf was on patrol with his department-issued motorcycle.  Wolf died from his injuries.

Warren is charged with reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident, both felony counts. If convicted, Warren faces a maximum of 15 years in prison on each count.

Read: Bond amended for man charged with hitting Michigan State trooper

Deputy, fellow trooper testify

Oakland County Deputy Brent Hummel testified that he spotted Wolf's abandoned motorcycle on the north shoulder of Dixie Highway near the entrance ramp for I-75 around 6:30 a.m.

"As I was passing by traveling southbound I couldn't even identify what the object was immediately that I saw lying on the shoulder on the road it was so dark," Hummel said.

He said he stopped and got out to look for the trooper, but alerted dispatch when he could not find the trooper. He also said that as the sun began to rise, he found personal items of the trooper scattered near the motorcycle. Hummel got emotional talking about finding Wolf's radio.