LONGMONT, Colo. — The trial of a man accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet and injuring a trooper while fleeing a traffic stop near Longmont is underway.

The Daily Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/2cNVuVN ) that testimony in 28-year-old Christopher Gebers’ murder trial began Wednesday, with the trooper he injured, Clinton Rushing, sitting front and center.

In addition to the murder charge connected to the death of cadet Taylor Thyfault (TEE’-foe), Gebers is facing three counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of vehicular eluding, one count of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and a number of drug charges.

Prosecutors say he was fleeing a traffic stop when he came upon an unrelated traffic crash west of Longmont and struck Rushing and Thyfault. Gebers blames a mechanical malfunction on his car for the crash.

Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/