Criminal Justice

Officers Testify in Cozmanoff Trial

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December 2, 2013 — Tonight, survivors involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Lake County correctional officer are reliving the details of the tragic experience.

Testimony began today in the trial for 43-year-old Jason Cozmanoff.

The Lakes of the Four Seasons man is charged with several felonies and a misdemeanor for failing to stop and fleeing the scene of a crash that left 25-year-old Britany Meux dead.

Three other Lake County officers who were with Meux and also struck during the hit-and-run incident took the witness stand during today’s testimony.  Latasha Johnson, David Murchek and Delano Scaife spoke before a jury of 12 in Judge Salvador Vasquez’s court detailing their after-work run and serious injuries from March 6, 2012.

Scaife says the four were not participating in required physical activity but kept a regular workout routine.

During trial state prosecutor Mark Watson and defense attorney Jim Thiros questioned the witnesses.  Both Scaife and Meux were listening to music during the hit-and-run.   A 9-1-1 call made by Murchek was played along with surveillance video of the officers jogging around the Lake County Government Complex before they were hit by a vehicle on 93rd Avenue.

Murchek says the group was running along 93rd Avenue on the grass toward Main Street for about 20 seconds before he heard tires on the gravel and then was hit.  He says Meux could not be seen after the crash.

Watson says he expects the trial to last for a few days.


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