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Prosecutors halt deal with trooper in deadly wreck

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs
By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

 BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors who reached a plea deal involving an Illinois State Police trooper accused of homicide in a freeway wreck that killed two sisters say they've taken it off the table.



St. Clair County State's Attorney Bob Haida (HAY'-duh) says he believes it's in the best interests of the victims' parents that the charges of reckless homicide involving Matt Mitchell go forward.

Haida says complications linked to a civil case filed by the parents of Jessica and Kelli Uhl of Collinsville halted the deal. He didn't elaborate.

Prosecutors allege Mitchell was driving more than 100 mph on Interstate 64 in 2007 when his patrol car veered into the path of an oncoming car occupied by the Uhl sisters. Both sisters died at the scene.

Mitchell has pleaded not guilty.

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