Cop Watch

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

State trooper charged with murder

A Michigan State Police trooper was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man outside a Detroit bar, the Wayne County Prosecutor's office said.

Trooper Jay Morningstar, identified by one Detroit newspaper as living in Belleville, was also charged with manslaughter in the April 14 death of Eric Williams, 40, of Detroit.

"When I took the oath of office I swore I would uphold the law," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement announcing the charges. "No one is above the law, not even an on-duty police officer."