Jury Clears Trooper in Fatal Crash

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Heath Moss (Photo: WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County jury has found Alabama state trooper Heath Moss not guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of Jamie and Sarah Gossett. The couple was killed on April 25, 2011, when Moss’ patrol car struck the back of their vehicle on Lucas Ferry Road.  On the stand, Moss admitted he had been driving 120 mph on his way to a call just prior to the crash.  However, he told the jury he did everything he could to avoid the Gossett’s car.  Moss said he hit his brakes and might have missed them had they not swerved in front of his cruiser.

Heath Moss wreck

The victims’ relatives believe differently.  They point to electronic data taken from Moss’ patrol car. Looking over those documents following the verdict, John Gossett – Jamie’s brother – gestured to a section detailing time and speed that showed three seconds before the crash, the brake switch in the cruiser remained off. Reacting to the jury’s decision, he said, “apparently you need a license to kill in this state.  You need to be a trooper.”  His sister, Regina Mabrey, also visibly distraught said, “I hope Heath Moss cannot sleep at night.”  She added, “he’s going to have to live with it the rest of his life and we will, too.  We will never get over this.  Never.”

Heath Moss (Photo: WHNT News 19)

Heath Moss (Photo: WHNT News 19)

Moss declined to comment to the media following the verdict.  However, his attorney – Jim Woolley of Birmingham – expressed sympathy for the Gossett family’s loss and a hope that his client would now be able to move on.  Of Moss’ future in law enforcement, Woolley said, “he hopes to go back and resume his duties. He has not been suspended. He has been working the entire time. He wants to go back and do what Heath loves to do and that’s serve people.”

A civil lawsuit against Moss is still moving forward.  Filed by a representative of Jamie and Sarah Gossett’s estates, it seeks unspecified damages.  A jury trial is scheduled for January 6, 2014.


  • john

    I hope the family gets a better jury for the civil lawsuit. That man needs to lose his job. There is no reason what so ever a officer state, county, or city needs to be going 120mph unless they are in pursuit of another vehicle.

  • bamagurl

    I think that trooper needs his job lost an his lisence pulled an he should have to pay in prison or death itgs not right that the police can drive like that an kill people an if we the citizen does it we go to jail or the death penalty im pray for the family

  • Gene

    The state troopers can do no wrong. My son was killed by a trooper . The state trooper division did the investigation turned there finding over to D. A. trooper was not indicted who does D A work for THE STATE OF ALABAMA . I think you could say it was some what one sided .

  • Scott

    Just another case of an arrogant idiot officer doing whatever he wanted with no regards for safety. What type of call warrants 120mph on any roadway? I hope the family sues him for everything he’s worth. He need to be locked up and not see daylight again. It seems like everyone holds these idiots in high regards and they get away with murder. That’s all this is was murder. I worked along side of these type of people before and they lie about things and everyone believes whatever they say. I’m sure he would go to the ends of the earth to protect his family, but a stupid decision cost the lives of these people. They will lie for each other to protect the brotherhood, that is just wrong. Now we should know why people don’t trust out government and the people that work for them. They are all concerned about themselves and not the people. They take this oath to protect and serve. That’s just B.S. This is just a job to them to draw a paycheck to be in control of people. They are all too arrogant and have way too much power over people. These guys are out of control and it goes all the way to the top. We as citizens have to pay for what we do, why don’t they?

  • Charles Bavar

    what happened to the dash cam. what did it show. nothing was said about that. was it reviewed. why was it not shown in court. why was he going 120 mph, on a 2 lane road. they never answered any of these facts. the public should have this info, no one is above the laws.

      • Charles Bavar

        so, we had better not see the state troopers trying to use dash cam pic, in the near future on traffic vilatioin , I do not believe that the state of Alabama does not have dash cams in their trooper cars. this, is just hard to believe. they do not want you to see the footage is more like it..

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