DA to dismiss charge in deadly boat crash

July 18, 2009 12:54:14 AM PDT
There is a stunning development out of Lake County. The district attorney has announced in an open letter that he is dropping the manslaughter charge, in a controversial boat crash case.

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Bismarck Dinius was steering a sailboat on a night-time cruise with his friends on Clear Lake in April 2006, when a powerboat driven by the number two official in the Lake County Sheriff's Department slammed into them.

The sheriff's official was not charged in the death of a passenger on the sailboat. The prosecutor charged Dinius, claiming the sailboat's running lights were off and the sailor was under the influence.

Friday night, District Attorney Jon Hopkins announced he is dropping the manslaughter charge against Dinius, but the felony boating under the influence charge remains.

BLOG: Dan Noyes has more on this major development in a new I-Team blog here

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