CHATHAM, Ont. — Edward George Buksar, accused of deliberately killing a police officer in a crash on Hwy. 401, will be tried for first-degree murder.
The Essex man spent a week in a preliminary hearing before Justice Paddy Hardman decided there was sufficient evidence to commit the matter to trial.
Buksar will be tried by judge and jury.
The 35-year-old was charged following a crash on HWY 401 west of Merlin Line the afternoon of Dec. 31, 1999, which took the life of OPP Sr. Const. Jim McFadden.
McFadden reportedly was parked on the side of the road writing a ticket for a Michigan car, pulled over in front of him when a car collided with the cruiser, sending it into the Michigan car killing the officer on impact.
Buksar has also been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm in connection with injuries received by the Michigan man seated in the second car.
Details of the proceeding are banned from publication. Buksar was deemed fit to stand trial in April.
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