Retired Army colonel accused of killing state trooper while driving drunk pleads not guilty

Former Army Colonel Eric Henderson has pleaded not guilty for leaving the scene of a deadly crash that he was allegedly responsible for.

The 52-year-old decorated military veteran was returning home from a bar after watching the Broncos game when, police say, he killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper.

Police say Henderson was driving drunk when his car slammed into trooper Jaimie Jursevics, who was working the scene of a separate accident on I-25 in Castle Rock, last November.

She had apparently been notified that a possible drunk driver was headed towards her location, 9 News reports. Jursevics was reportedly shining her flashlight in the road outside her patrol car when she was hit.

The 33-year-old mother – who’d been on the job four years- died at the scene.

An officer with Palmer Lake Police Department — which was one of several agencies with a description of the vehicle that hit the trooper — eventually pulled Henderson over.  His truck had front end damage and he appeared shocked when he was told what had happened.

Henderson, who retired from the Army in 2013, could spend more than 25 years in prison if convicted. A jury trial is scheduled to begin in July.

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