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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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Roger Shane Carroll

Carroll testified that he and his son helped an intoxicated Smith into the boat after a stop at Ugly John's Grill and Bar.

Within minutes of leaving Ugly's, the boat slammed into a breakwater structure that measured 70 yards long and was equally as wide.

Shane Carroll testified Price was driving the boat and he was down on his knees looking at speedometer cables underneath the console.

“The next thing I remember is being with Brooks,” Carroll said, referring to the crash. “He was very emotional and upset. I felt that I let him down.”

Shane Carroll said he was frustrated and mad after the crash.

“There were three or four people that kept pushing me down on this board,” Carroll said. “I couldn't understand what was going on. I felt insecure, I had no clothes on, and three or four people were holding me down. I was frustrated Brooks wasn't here — and why weren't they looking for Monte.”

Shane Carroll said the paramedics that were attending to his injuries removed his clothes.

During cross-examination, Carroll admitted to having no more than eight beers throughout the night and a couple of sips of moonshine and a sip of Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink.

Trial testimony showed Carroll's blood alcohol level was .09 when taken almost three-and-half-hours later.

Price's blood alcohol level was .20, trial testimony showed. has disabled the comments for this article.


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