A Georgia man was indicted for murder on Wednesday for allegedly killing 5 folks in an alcohol-fueled Memorial Day weekend boat crash.
Mark Stegall allegedly despatched his passengers into the Wilmington River in Savannah after colliding with one other boat on the morning of Could 28.
The 45-year-old defendant was drunkenly and recklessly driving on the mistaken facet of the river, a joint investigation by the Georgia Division of Pure Sources and the Chatham County District Legal professional discovered.
4 of the useless had been passengers on Stegall’s boat and had been members of the identical household: Christopher Leffler, 51, his spouse Lori Leffler, 50, and their sons Zachary Leffler, 23, and Nathan Leffler, 17.
The household’s daughter, Katie Leffler, survived the crash.
Robert Chauncey, a 37-year-old passenger on the opposite boat, additionally died within the crash.
Stegall was charged with 10 counts of murder by vessel.
A spokesperson from the Chatham County DA’s Workplace couldn’t inform the Publish why Stegall faces double the quantity of murder expenses than the quantity of people that had been killed whereas the case was nonetheless lively.
“We don’t touch upon lively circumstances as a result of we don’t need to have an effect on the integrity of the continued case,” Deputy Chief Nathanael E. Wright stated.
Along with the murder expenses, Stegall additionally faces six counts of first-degree harm by vessel, working a vessel below the affect and reckless operation of a vessel.