LONGMONT, Colo. — The jury is out in the case of a man accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet and injuring a trooper while fleeing a traffic stop near Longmont.

The Daily Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/2d4hAQR ) that a Boulder County jury began deliberations Tuesday to decide the fate of 28-year-old Christopher Gebers.

Gebers is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the May 23 death of cadet Taylor Thyfault (TEE’-foe) and the serious injury of Trooper Clinton Rushing during the chase.

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/