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Cozmanoff’s Father Testified in Son’s Homicide Trial

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December 4, 2013 — A father is on-the-record in the murder trial of his son who’s accused of killing a Lake County jail officer.

The trial for a man accused of a hit-and-run pedestrian crash that killed a county correction officer brought graphic evidence today, when the State called more key witnesses to the stand.

Day three of testimony is done in the trial of Lake of the Four Seasons man Jason Cozmanoff, charged with reckless homicide.  It began with testimony from his father, James Cozmanoff, who told jurors in Judge Salvador Vasquez’s courtroom that he received a call from his son on the day of a hit-and-run crash that killed 25-year-old Britany Meux.

43-year-old Jason Cozmanoff faces charges for failing to stop and fleeing the scene of a crash that killed Meux on March 6, 2012.

James Cozmanoff testified that his son called him at around 7 p.m. that day and said, quote, “I would describe it as someone talking on the phone with their window down.  Something about he hit something and the airbags hit him.  He said that he hit something and that, ‘I’ll be home shortly.’”

State prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned witnesses about forensic evidence collected from Cozmanoff’s car, a 2002 dark blue Yukon.  A Lake County evidence technician testified to seeing blood on the car’s dashboard, on the passenger seat and on right side of the windshield.

The medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on Meux says the cause of death was “multiple blunt force injures due to being struck by a vehicle.”

Three other Lake County officers were also struck during the hit-and-run incident.  Families of the victim and the accused were present in the courtroom today.


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