LOFS driver in fatal hit-run involving corrections officers facing trial Monday

2013-06-21T17:27:00Z 2013-06-23T00:34:16Z LOFS driver in fatal hit-run involving corrections officers facing trial MondayLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 21, 2013 5:27 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Jason R. Cozmanoff goes on trial Monday in Lake Criminal Court, charged with multiple felonies in a hit-and-run that killed Lake County Jail Officer Britney Meux, 25, and seriously injured three other officers on March 6, 2012.

The 43-year-old Lakes of the Four Seasons man appeared Friday before Criminal Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota at a pre-trial hearing.

During the brief hearing, Lake County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Watson and Cozmanoff’s attorney Nick Thiros, of Merrillville, affirmed that they were ready to begin the jury trial Monday in the courtroom of Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.

Cozmanoff, who is free on bond, appeared in court with family members. He faces multiple felony charges, including reckless homicide and criminal recklessness, related to failing to stop after an accident.

He is accused of striking four corrections officers with his vehicle, a 2002 Yukon, as they jogged alongside 93rd Avenue near Main Street on March 6, 2012. Correctional Officers David Murchek, Latasha Johnson and Delano Scaife survived the incident with severe injuries.

On June 13, Vasquez approved a defense motion to remove a memorial to Meux from the Lake County Government Complex and Courthouse during the trial. A second memorial to the officer erected near the accident site will remain.

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