October 28, 2021
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Defense begins its case in Maine boater’s trial

PORTLAND – The defense has begun calling witnesses in the trial of a Massachusetts boater accused of causing two deaths on a Maine lake.

Prosecutors called their last witness to the stand Thursday morning before resting their case in the trial of Robert LaPointe of Medway, Mass., who is charged with two counts of manslaughter and aggravated operating under the influence.

Prosecutors allege he was drunk and operating too fast when his 32-foot powerboat ran over a smaller boat, killing two people, on the night of Aug. 11, 2007, on Long Lake in Harrison.

LaPointe’s attorneys called several witnesses Thursday, some of whom testified that LaPointe drank a few beers the afternoon of the accident but didn’t appear to be drunk.


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