Brockton Superior Court: Trial date set for William Senne, DA Cruz says new charges are about accountability

William Senne will go on trial this spring for the death of a State Trooper nearly a decade after crashing into her parked cruiser.

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says bringing new charges of vehicular homicide against William Senne is about holding someone accountable for their actions. “Ellen Engelhardt lost her life as a result of this individual’s actions of driving roughly 100mph, weaving in and out of traffic…back then, he had between a .08 and .12 blood alcohol [level],” said Cruz while standing inside Brockton Superior Court Wednesday

Trooper Engelhardt was a Marshfield native who spent eight years in a vegetative state at a nursing home after Senne hit her cruiser in Wareham in 2003.

She died in 2011 which prompted Cruz to press new charges against Senne, who’s now 28-years-old.

Senne served about two and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to original charges of drunk driving.

Cruz explained that he’s not sure what Senne thought at the time about what would happen in the future, but the case isn’t over, “All I know is at that point he pled guilty to OUI as well as to causing serious bodily injury and obviously there were never any promises. As a matter of fact, he filed a motion to dismiss which alleged some sort of implied promise which never existed and that motion was denied by the Superior Court judge.”

Senne was in Brockton Superior Court Wednesday morning but he declined to speak with reporters.

A trial date of May 15th has been set.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.