Jury yet to reach verdict in boating death trial

Posted Sept. 23, 2008, at 10:23 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Jurors went home without a verdict Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of a Massachusetts boater accused of causing a fatal collision on a Maine lake.

Prosecutors argued that Robert LaPointe, 39, of Medway, Mass., was recklessly zooming across Long Lake at night when his 32-foot speedboat collided with a smaller boat. The defense contended that LaPointe didn’t see the 14-foot boat in front of him because it was black and had its lights off.

Killed in the collision on Aug. 11, 2007, were Terry Raye Trott, 55, of Harrison, and Suzanne Groetzinger, 44, of Berwick. LaPointe and his passenger survived being thrown from their boat.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated about four hours Monday, then all day Tuesday. The jury sent several notes from the jury room to court officials Tuesday, requesting definitions of various legal terms and copies of the jury instructions.

The panel is scheduled to resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. today.

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