CROWN POINT | With the trial in the high-profile case approaching, Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez on Thursday approved a defense motion to remove a memorial to a Lake County corrections officer killed during the hit-run incident.
The trial for 43-year-old Jason Cozmanoff, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, remains set to begin June 24 with a final pre-trial hearing currently scheduled for June 21.
Cozmanoff faces multiple felonies, including reckless homicide and criminal recklessness, related to failing to stop after the accident.
Cozmanoff is accused of striking four corrections officers with his vehicle while they were jogging March 6 last year, killing 25-year-old Britney Meux and seriously injuring the other three officers.
A memorial to the fallen Meux was erected in the vicinity of the accident as well as the Lake County Government Center and Courthouse. The order removing the memorial from the courthouse is only in effect during the trial.