Judge rules Michigan State Police trooper doesn't have to testify at Mark Bessner's trial

Bessner charged with murder of Damon Grimes

Mark Bessner at a pretrial hearing. (WDIV)

DETROIT – On Tuesday inside a Detroit courtroom, Judge Margaret Van Houten ruled that a state trooper can't be forced to testify at former Michigan State Police Trooper Mark Bessner’s trial.

Bessner is charged with murder in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes.

Local 4 learned Trooper Ethan Berger gave a deposition in a civil lawsuit about Grimes' death.

Van Houten ruled he can use his Fifth Amendment right not to testify at the criminal trial.

Bessner's lawyers were planning to call Berger as a witness.

The defense revealed it will not call any witnesses. Bessner will not testify.

Local 4's Larry Spruill will have more information on Local 4 News at 5 p.m.

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Larry Spruill Jr. joined the Local 4 News team in January 2018. Prior, he worked at WJAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Larry grew up as a military kid because his father is a retired Chief of the United States Air Force.