Preliminary hearing set in Pineview fatal boating accident

Apr 25 2012 - 10:52pm

OGDEN -- A preliminary hearing has been set for July 19 for the three men accused in the fatal Pineview Reservoir boating accident last fall.

The hearing 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones set for a half-day is meant to ensure evidence is sufficient to advance a case to trial.

Skyler Shepherd, 22, Colton Raines, 22, and Robert Cole Boyer, 29, are charged in the Aug. 21 boating accident that left Esther Fujimoto dying in the waters of Pineview.

Raines and Shepherd are charged with reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice and leaving the scene of an accident. Boyer is charged with obstruction of justice. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Fujimoto, 49, was a molecular biologist who worked as a senior lab specialist in the University of Utah's Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

Her sister, Denice, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2nd District Court, also to be heard by Jones, last fall. It remains in the discovery phase without a court date scheduled.

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