Ulster County judge dismisses murder charge against state trooper accused of killing girl during 2020 high-speed chase

Christopher Baldner is accused of purposely ramming his cruiser into the back of a car at 130 mph on the state Thruway. Monica Goods was killed in the crash.

News 12 Staff

Feb 2, 2023, 10:16 PM

Updated 476 days ago

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An Ulster County judge has dismissed a murder charge against a state trooper accused of killing an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl during a high-speed chase in 2020.
Christopher Baldner is accused of purposely ramming his cruiser into the back of a car at 130 mph on the state Thruway. Monica Goods was killed in the crash.
Prosecutors say the trooper pulled over the girl's father for speeding, but he took off after the roadside interview turned confrontational and the trooper deployed pepper spray.
Monica Goods was partially ejected from the vehicle.
The judge wrote that the evidence presented before the grand jury was not legally sufficient.
Baldner still faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree reckless endangerment.
The state attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case, said they are reviewing the ruling.
A family spokesman says they are urging the attorney general's office to appeal the ruling.
Goods' mother filed civil lawsuits against the trooper, Goods' father and the state.


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