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Man accused in death of trooper found not guilty

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Trooper Chad Wolf Trooper Chad Wolf
OAKLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The man accused of driving recklessly resulting in the death of a Michigan State trooper has been found not guilty.

ClickOnDetroit reports a jury found 71-year-old Charles Warren Jr. not guilty on all criminal charges.

In 2015, Warren was towing a trailer on I-75 in Oakland County when he hit Trooper Chad Wolf, who was driving a patrol motorcycle.

Investigators said Wolf was dragged three miles before Warren finally stopped. 

However, the jury agreed with the defense who said the accident was nothing more than a tragic accident.

Warren's attorney, Neil Rockind, fought back tears after the verdict.

"Twenty-four years and I haven't cried at a verdict. This case is very emotional for the Warrens and me," he said.

Warren was facing three charges, including reckless driving causing death. The prosecutors said Warren made several bad choices that day - bad choices that led to the death of Wolf.

A representative for Michigan State Police said he wished for a different outcome.

"Today doesn't take away from Chad. Chad was a hero. He was a state trooper, a husband, a father. While we're disappointed today, nothing is going to change that," Mike Shaw said.

Defense lawyers argued Wolf's death was a horrible accident, but not a crime Warren should be held accountable for. They argued Warren thought he hit a bump and never saw Wolf.

"We've always known it was a tragic accident, always called it that. We feel very strongly that no one should have been charged in the case," Rockind said.

MSP issued this statement:

We ask that you keep Tpr. Chad Wolf’s family, fellow troopers and our department in your thoughts and prayers today. Danger exists, but the call to serve the public is stronger than that fear. Trooper Wolf was an outstanding public servant, forever remembered as a loving husband and dedicated father.

While we are disappointed with the outcome of this trial, we respect the process and thank jurors for their time.

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