Jay school principal charged with manslaughter surrenders

Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, OK, was charged Friday in Delaware County District Court with first-degree manslaughter and felony and reckless operation of a vessel in connection with a July 29 fatal boat crash on Grand Lake.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: October 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012
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A Jay Middle School principal surrendered to authorities after learning he was charged in connection with a July boat crash on Grand Lake that killed family friend Monte Price, his attorney said Saturday.

Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, was charged Friday in Delaware County District Court with felony first-degree manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless operation of a vessel.

“Based on the evidence, I am disappointed charges were filed,” said Winston Connor II, Carroll's attorney.

“I can hardly imagine this (criminal case) will be more than an unnecessary expenditure of funds that puts the Price and Carroll families through heartache,” Connor said.

Connor said his client would appear in court Monday. He was released Friday from Delaware County jail on $11,000 bail.

Jay school board member Leroy Hendren said since charges were filed Friday no immediate action was taken but school officials would be looking into the matter Monday.

“At this point, why should there be any action taken?” Connor asked, referring to Carroll's position with the Jay School District.

Calls to the Price family Saturday were not returned.

Carroll and three others were aboard a 2008 Tahoe boat when it struck a breakwater structure near Arrowhead South Marina about 2 a.m. July 29.

The crash ejected Price, 39, of Jay; Brian Smith, 39, of Tahlequah; and Brooks Carroll, 17, of Eucha.

The elder Carroll was found in the boat but was injured in the crash. Price's body was found 12 hours later in 50 feet of water in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake.

Alcohol use and excessive speed contributed to the crash of the nearly 22-foot vessel, according to a Grand River Dam Authority preliminary report. The group reportedly had attended a wedding and reception early in the day.

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