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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