Spokane man facing involuntary manslaughter charges


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -A judge has picked the jury for the trial of a man charged in the deaths of three people who died in a 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene, but the start has been delayed.

Wednesday, both the prosecutors and the defense were hoping to begin opening arguments, but they are still tied up in motions that have delayed the start. The jury was selected in the case for Dennis Magner, but they were asked to leave while both sides continue their motions.

The defense is motioning to suppress evidence, including witness statements. A Kootenai County Deputy and a Coeur d'Alene firefighter were called to the stand and asked several questions about the night of July 30th in 2016. Several key questions included who was driving the boat the night of the accident, who was interviewed at Kootenai Health, and if those witnesses could identify anyone in the courtroom.

The motion hearing will continue into tomorrow morning before opening statements begin.

Magner is charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter. His fourth charge of conspiracy to conceal evidence was dropped.

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