ALFRED, Maine — Charges have been dropped against a Maine boat operator whose twin brother was killed in a 2016 crash on Mousam Lake in Shapleigh.
The York County District Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against 33-year-old Jonathan Beattie, of Sanford, after a judge granted a motion to suppress results of a blood test.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Beattie had faced charges of manslaughter, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and operating under the influence.
Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan wrote that without the defendant’s blood test and statements the state couldn’t meet its burden of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Jeffrey Beattie died after he fell off the bow and was run over by the boat operated by his brother, Jonathan, in May 2016. He died later at a hospital.
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