Man accused of causing fatal Coeur d'Alene boat crash takes stand in trial


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -One day after the two-year anniversary of a fatal boat crash on Coeur d’Alene Lake that took the lives of three people, the man accused of crashing his boat in theirs took the stand.

Dennis Magner was called up to the stand by his attorney Tuesday afternoon and asked about what happened leading up to the crash and what took place at his lakeside cabin.

When asked about what took place that night, Magner hesitated and got a little choked up.

Magner told the jury his parents and other relatives were visiting that weekend already.

Magner was also in contact with Jonathan Sweat, another person who was on-board Magner’s boat the night they crashed, about their plans for the evening.

Magner’s lawyers have already stated during the trial the accident was not a drunken mishap, but rather a tragic accident.

When asked about how much Magner had to drink that day, he told the jury he approximately had three to four beers during the day that stretched over a six-hour period.

More testimony will pick back up Wednesday morning

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