Jay principal testifies in his Grand Lake manslaughter trial

Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, is charged in Delaware County District Court with manslaughter in connection with the death of Monte Price, 39, of Jay, in a 2012 boating accident on Oklahoma's Grand Lake.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: March 26, 2013
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A Jay Middle School principal testified Monday he wants the truth to come out about a fatal boating accident that claimed a lifelong friend.

Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, is charged in Delaware County District Court with manslaughter in connection with the death of Monte Price, 39, of Jay.

He is also charged with reckless operation of a vessel.

“It's important for Monte's family to hear the truth of that night and about the accident,” Carroll said as he choked up.

Price and Carroll had been friends since middle school, he said.

With the trial entering into its second week, 25 witnesses have testified. The state rested its case Monday morning.

Brian Smith, 39, of Tahlequah, Brooks Carroll, 17, the elder Carroll and Price were aboard the passenger boat when it struck a breakwater structure near Arrowhead South Marina about 2 a.m. July 29, 2012.

The crash threw Smith, Price and the younger Carroll into the lake.

The elder Carroll was found near the driver's side of the vessel, according to testimony. Price's body was found the next day in about 50-feet of water in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake.

“I was not driving the boat at the time of the accident — I did not drive it all the entire evening,” Shane Carroll testified.

Smith said he was “100 percent” sure the elder Carroll was driving the boat, according to earlier testimony.

Carroll testified to the events leading up to the crash and the moments after the crash.

Alcohol use and excessive speed contributed to the crash, according to a Grand River Dam Authority report.


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