Northeast Texas man on trial for officer's death

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A 22-year-old Northeast Texas man faces up to life in prison if he's convicted of murder for the hit-and-run death of Texarkana police officer last year.

The trial of Justin Miles Sanders was moved to Rockwall County near Dallas on a change of venue. The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1dHmIat ) closing arguments are expected Monday.

Sanders is charged with running over 30-year-old Texarkana officer Jason Sprague while fleeing a possible marijuana arrest during an illegal party involving about 100 people at a closed city park last June. Sprague was the first officer to respond to a call that people were fighting and using drugs.

He died a day later.

In a videotaped statement to police and shown to jurors, Sanders acknowledged smoking pot but denied involvement in the officer's death.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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