JAY — A Jay Middle School principal charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal boating accident was ordered to stand trial Tuesday.
Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, is charged in Delaware County District Court with first-degree manslaughter, a felony, and reckless operation of a vessel, a misdemeanor.
He appeared in court Tuesday for the continuation of his preliminary hearing that began Dec. 6.
Monte Price, 39, of Jay, died in the accident.
Price, Brian Smith, 39, of Tahlequah, Brooks Carroll, 17, and the elder Carroll were aboard a passenger boat when it struck a breakwater structure near Arrowhead South Marina about 2 a.m. July 29.
Price, Smith and Brooks Carroll were thrown from the boat.
Grand River Dam Authority police discovered Price's body 12 hours later in 50 feet of water in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake.
The elder Carroll is accused of driving the boat. Alcohol use and excessive speed contributed to the crash, according to the dam authority report.
The four people reportedly had attended a wedding and reception earlier in the evening.
Smith, who is Price's cousin, tearfully testified for almost two hours Dec. 6, describing the events that led up to the crash and the minutes after the crash: seeing the body of the elder Carroll as it was thrown through the boat's windshield; the frantic search for Price in the dark waters; the screams of Brooks Carroll.
After the wedding reception and before the group boarded Price's boat, the men purchased more beer and three liters of water, Smith testified.
The group arrived at Ugly's Grill and Bar around 11:45 p.m. and stayed until it closed, Smith testified.
When pulling the boat from the dock, Brooks and Shane Carroll switched places, putting the elder Carroll in the driver's seat, Smith said.
“He (Roger Shane Carroll) threw the throttle down real hard,” Smith said, making a hand maneuver. “Like you were peeling out.
“Then it (the boat) hit something, and I'm in the water.”
Throughout Smith's testimony, the elder Carroll shook his head in disagreement and showed signs of discomfort when Smith testified that Shane Carroll was driving the boat at the time of the crash.
Winston Connor II, Carroll's attorney, has repeatedly denied his client was operating the boat when it crashed.
Smith testified Carroll drank moonshine, Four Loko, and light beer earlier in the evening while attending a wedding reception.
The four had a “good buzz” on, Smith said in court, referring to their level of intoxication.
John Allen, a witness to the accident, testified he heard Shane Carroll tell his son, “Make sure you tell them Monte was driving the boat.”
Judge denies motions
Associate Judge Barry Denney overruled two motions filed by Connor.
One motion called for evidence regarding the seizure of a cellphone be dismissed, and the other motion sought to have Carroll's blood-alcohol test be thrown out.
A blood-alcohol test taken almost three-and-half hours after the crash showed Shane Carroll blood alcohol registered 0.09, just above the legal limit of 0.08, according to court records.
Carroll is on unpaid administrative leave from the school until the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.
He is to return to court on Jan. 2 for district court arraignment.