Georgia man charged with murder after deadly boat wreck on Memorial Day

A Georgia man was charged with murder on Wednesday for allegedly killing five people in an alcohol-fueled boating accident over Memorial Day weekend.

Mark Stegall allegedly sent his passengers down the Wilmington River in Savannah after colliding with another boat on the morning of May 28.

The 45-year-old accused was drunk and recklessly driving the wrong side of the river, a joint investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Chatham District Attorney found.

Four of the dead were passengers on Stegall’s boat and belonged to the same family: Christopher Leffler, 51, his wife Lori Leffler, 50, and their sons Zachary Leffler, 23, and Nathan Leffler, 17.

The family’s daughter, Katie Leffler, survived the crash.

Robert Chauncey, a 37-year-old passenger on the other boat, also died in the crash.

Mug shot of Mark Stegall.
Mark Stegall was charged with ten counts of murder on Wednesday.
Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
The family's daughter, Katie Leffler (center), survived the crash.
All members of the Leffler family died in the crash except daughter Katie, centre.
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The boat is left wrecked.
Stegall also faces six counts of first-degree injuries from a ship operating a ship under the influence and reckless operation of a ship.
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Stegall was charged with ten counts of murder by ship.

A spokesman for the Chatham County Attorney’s Office couldn’t tell the Post why Stegall is facing double the amount of murder charges than the number of people killed while the case was still active.

“We do not comment on active cases because we do not want to compromise the integrity of the ongoing case,” said Assistant Chief Nathanael E. Wright.

In addition to the murder charges, Stegall also faces six counts of first-degree assault by a ship, operating a ship under the influence, and recklessly operating a ship.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/georgia-man-indicted-on-homicide-charges-after-deadly-memorial-day-boat-crash/ Georgia man charged with murder after deadly boat wreck on Memorial Day

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