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The trial of Dr. Joseph Yurich continues on Friday. Yurich is accused of crashing a boat into a fishing vessel on May 9, 2015. The accident resulted in the death of Neal Cuppett, 58. Bruce Lindamood,42, was injured as well. Yurich is now facing several charges, including vehicular homicide. Court is expected to begin at 9:00 am ET.
In addition to homicide, and a vehicular assault charge for Lindamood’s injury, Yurich, a surgeon, is accused of being drunk at the time of the crash. He is facing a charged of operating a watercraft while impaired. A blood alcohol test showed a level of .08, which is just above the legal limit, however the tests were ruled to be inadmissible at trial because the blood and urine samples had not been properly refrigerated before going to a lab for testing. Despite this, prosecutors believe they still have enough evidence to support the charge, including a statement from Yurich, where he allegedly admitted to having “a couple” drinks.
Much of Friday’s testimony involved whether the lights on Cuppett’s fishing boat were on at the time of the crash. An investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations said that the boat’s front light was on, and one of the filament’s from a light at the back of the boat was on too.
The prosecution is expected to call their final witnesses on Friday, with the defense to present their case afterwards.
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