Ex-trooper faces trial despite guilty pleas in deadly crash

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ATLANTA - A former state trooper charged in a deadly crash will go to trial.

The decision comes after he pleaded guilty to two charges against him, but he will go to trial for a third charge of violating his oath.

Don Crozier is accused of causing the crash that killed Kathy Porter, the wife of Atlanta Braves head trainer Jeff Porter, on New Year's Eve 2011. The family was on the way to a football game.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant was in the courtroom Monday when Crozier pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle and reckless driving charges for the crash he caused while trying to catch up to a high-speed chase.

Crozier refused to plead guilty to the violation of oath charge he faces, and prosecutors refused to drop it in exchange for his guilty plea on the other two charges, even though the judge at one point called that decision ridiculous.

Jury selection is currently underway for the trial on Crozier's violation of oath charge.


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