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Verdict Unlikely Today in Trial of Trooper Accused of Hitting Suspect

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Updated 1:55pm
There are lots of arguments today back and forth over witnesses.

The defense will rest this afternoon, then closing arguments will be tomorrow and the case will go to the jury.

Today in court we heard from a mechanical engineer who says the system on trooper cars is not adequate enough to tell exactly when a trooper is braking. There is a one second delay.

Then we heard from the HR director where suspect Marvin Grant works. She says he was at work the day after the collision.

Finally before the break we heard from another trooper -- the supervisor -- who says Garren has a great track record and always has been peaceful.

Court resumes at 2:45pm where the defense will put up its last witness then break for the day.

-- Reporting by Kristen Nastasia

Updated at 1pm
Verdict Could Come Today in Trooper Trial
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A jury is expected to hear closing arguments in Greenville today in the case of Highway Patrol trooper
who prosecutors say deliberately hit a fleeing suspect with his patrol car.
On Thursday Morning, Lawyers for Lance Corporal Steven Garren spent time arguing to have a witness allowed to testify about dash cam video of the incident, the government does not want the information allowed in court because they have not been able to review it. The witness is an engineer that would testify that Garren likely hit the brakes, but mechanical delay would not show up on the video.
Garren testified yesterday the crash with suspect Marvin Grant was unavoidable and he regretted bragging about it later. Garren is charged with using unreasonable force and depriving Grant of his civil rights.
Garren could face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he's convicted. Lawyers for Lance Corporal Steven Garren say they expect to wrap
up their case. Garren testified yesterday the crash with suspect Marvin Grant was unavoidable and he regretted bragging about it later. Garren is
charged with using unreasonable force and depriving Grant of his civil rights. The case is expected to wrap up today.
Garren could face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he's convicted.

Oct. 1, 2008
Updated at 4:33pm
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina state trooper accused of deliberately running down a suspect with his patrol car says it was an accident and he regrets bragging about it afterward.

Lance Cpl. Steven Garren testified in his own federal civil rights trial on Wednesday in Greenville. He says the suspect ran in front of his cruiser in the blink of an eye and that it was an unavoidable accident.

The crash was captured on police recordings that also taped Garren saying he meant to hit suspect Marvin Grant.

Garren said on the stand that those statements were stupid.

Garren is charged with using unreasonable force and depriving a suspect of his civil rights. A conviction could bring up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Updated at 1:36pm
Court just broke for lunch until 2:30pm. The prosecution just finished with their last witness. The defense plans to have five witnesses take the stand, including the trooper. They plan to have about three witnesses take the stand before Garren. The defense told us they hope to wrap up by tomorrow.

Posted at 11:42am
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A crash reconstruction expert says a South Carolina state trooper steered his cruiser into the path of a suspect who was running from him.

The testimony Wednesday from prosecution witness Geoffrey Germane came on the second day of the federal trial of Lance Cpl. Steven Garren.
Much of the case hinges on a video showing the fleeing suspect flipping over the hood of Garren's cruiser. The trooper later bragged he meant to hit the man.

The expert is presenting his frame-by-frame analysis of the video. Germane is expected to be the final prosecution witness before the defense begins its case.

Garren is charged with using unreasonable force and depriving a suspect of his civil rights. A conviction could bring 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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