Crash at Center of Georgia State Trooper Murder Case Results in Denial of Bond

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Gerson Rodriguez, the man accused of causing the death of a Georgia State Patrol trooper during a traffic stop, was denied bond in his first court appearance. Rodriguez faces several charges, including felony murder, in the death of GSP Trooper Jimmy Cenescar.

Cenescar tragically died in a crash on Jan. 28 while attempting to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation on Interstate 85. His vehicle left the road and struck an embankment, and despite emergency personnel’s attempts to save him, he passed away at Northside Gwinnett Hospital. Rodriguez was identified as the suspect and was arrested on Feb. 2 in Norcross. He also faces charges of first-degree homicide, felony fleeing, and attempting to elude.

The funeral for Trooper Cenescar is scheduled for Feb. 9. Cenescar had been a trooper since January 2023 and was a graduate of the 114th Trooper School. Before becoming a trooper, he served as an officer with the Atlanta Police Department and was credited with saving a man’s life in October 2021.

Rodriguez appeared in Gwinnett County magistrate’s court, where his bond was denied. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail as he faces the serious charges against him. The community is mourning the loss of Trooper Cenescar, and his funeral arrangements have been made for his final farewell.

The funeral home visitation hours are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home in Peachtree Corners. The actual funeral service will take place at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta on Friday, Feb. 9, followed by burial at Mount Harmony Memorial Gardens in Mableton.

As the community prepares to say their final goodbyes to Trooper Cenescar, the legal process against Rodriguez is underway, and the investigation into the incident continues.