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Ross Newton Wooten

The district attorney's office says the suspect's blood alcohol content was 0.121

Posted: Sep 3, 2019 5:21 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2019 3:35 PM

A man has been indicted for two counts of manslaughter in a deadly Shoals boat crash that killed a mother and her 5-year-old daughter.

Lauren Cowart and her 5-year-old daughter, Blakely, were killed on June 8th when a boat they were on collided with a large cruiser on Shoals Creek, near the mouth of the Tennessee River. The crash also injured Ross Wooten, also known as Trey Wooten, and his 4-year-old son.

The Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office says Wooten was under the influence at the time of the crash, and a toxicology report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences indicated he had a blood alcohol content of 0.121. The legal limit is 0.08.

Bond for Wooten is set at $50,000.

Ross Wooten was in a medically induced coma for a week after the crash and had a broken jaw and multiple other injuries. His son had a broken hand in the crash and a concussion.

The district attorney's office says the actions of the other boat driver, Mark McBryer, are being investigated and will be further considered by a grand jury later this month. 

Mobile and app users can read Tuesday's release from the Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office here

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