Prosecution won't drop boat accident charges

June 12, 2009 5:03:48 PM PDT
The No. 2 official in the Lake County Sheriff's Office slammed his powerboat into a sailboat on Clear Lake three years ago, killing a woman. However, it was the man steering the sailboat that got charged with a crime.

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That man, Bismarck Dinius, was back in court Friday morning, hoping those charges would be dismissed after the district attorney opened an investigation into whether Chief Deputy Russell Perdock lied about the accident under oath. But the district attorney told the court he was pressing ahead with the prosecution.

"We have not come across anything in the investigation thus far that would be reason not to proceed to trial," said Lake County District Attorney Jon Hopkins.

"I think that from the very beginning, these guys wanted to, to you know, hang me, and it doesn't surprise me in the least ? no," said Dinius.

Dinius's lawyer has asked the Attorney General's Office to step in and take over the case. That motion gets heard at the end of this month.

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