Monday, December 04, 2006

Friend testifies that boat driver said "I'm guilty" after fatal accident

“I’m guilty,” Grant William Czuj reportedly said just moments after the boating accident on Zukey Lake in July 2005 that left one person dead and several injured.

That was the testimony that Brian Murphrey — a friend who was aboard the speedboat Czuj was allegedly driving that night — gave in Livingston County Circuit Court this morning as Czuj’s trial got underway. Czuj, 19, is accused of operating the boat that killed Michael John LaFave and seriously injured Sarah Ribas. They were aboard a pontoon boat Czuj’s craft allegedly hit. Prosecutors say Czuj was intoxicated at the time. For all the details, read Tuesday’s Daily Press & Argus.

Those two words "I'm guilty" will be given great weight. Admissions made right after an incident like this are very damaging when they come into evidence as this statement apparently did.


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