A judge dismissed an indictment against a Minnesota state trooper charged with manslaughter in a 2014 crash that killed two people.
Scott Reps was responding to a collision between a motorcycle and a deer when he broadsided a vehicle that pulled out in front of his squad car as he drove through Cannon Falls on July 4, 2014.
The passengers in the car, Norman Scott, 78, and his wife, Geneva Scott, 79, from Cannon Falls, both died at the scene. Reps was seriously injured.
Reps, 49, who had his squad lights flashing and siren going at the time of the crash, was accused of speeding, going 80 mph at the time of the crash, the Republican Eagle reports.
He was indicted last December by a grand jury in Goodhue County on two counts of second-degree manslaughter and driving without due care. This indictment was rare, the Star Tribune says police and law enforcement officers are usually not charged when they are involved in a fatal accident.
And last week, Goodhue County Judge David Knutson filed paperwork dismissing the indictment, reports note.
This came after Reps' defense attorney filed a motion over the summer claiming "prosecutorial misconduct", KARE 11 reports.
Knutson said Reps' rights were violated when he was coerced into giving a statement on threat of termination, which was later used against him, WCCO notes.
The judge also said prosecutors should have told the grand jury Norman Scott failed to yield before the crash, the Republican Eagle says.
Prosecutors can now request another grand jury and include the information that was left out, the paper notes.