Hearing against trooper in deadly wreck on hold - KMOV.com

Hearing against trooper in deadly wreck on hold

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A hearing over a wrongful-death lawsuit against an Illinois State Police trooper who caused a 2007 freeway wreck that killed two teens in southwestern Illinois is on hold.

Attorneys for the parents of the late Collinsville sisters rested Tuesday in the Illinois Court of Claims hearing in Belleville involving Matt Mitchell. The state will offer testimony May 3, when closing arguments are expected.

Mitchell pleaded guilty Friday to reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving and was sentenced to two and a half years of probation. But on Monday, Mitchell said he only pleaded guilty to those charges because he thought he couldn't get a fair trial.

The former director of the Illinois State Police testified Tuesday that Mitchell was irresponsible when he was texting while driving more than 125 mph and caused the crash.

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