Wooten indicted in fatal boating accident – D.A. Connolly “Wooten’s blood alcohol was 0.121”

By  | September 3, 2019 | Filed under: News

Lauderdale District Attorney Chris Collolly details the particulars of the fatal boating accident.

FLORENCE – The Lauderdale County Grand Jury has indicted Ross “Trey” Wooten, of Georgia, on 2 counts of manslaughter in connection with the June 8th boating accident on Shoal Creek.

Chris Connolly, Lauderdale County District Attorney

According to the indictment, the accident involved Wooten’s run-about and a cabin cruiser, operated by Mark McBryer, of Florence.

The charges are the result of the Grand Jury’s determination that the deaths of two persons, Lauren Cowart and her 5-year-old daughter Blakely, were caused by Wooten’s actions while operating his boat while “under the influence” at the time of the crash.

Killed were Lauren Cowart and her 5-year-old daughter, Blakely

Both mother and daughter were killed instantly, according to Marine Police Investigator, Chad Dyer. According to the News Release, Wooten’s blood alcohol level was 0.121%. Wooten was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital where he stayed for more than a week. His young son, who was also on the boat was not seriously injured.


The legal limit for blood alcohol of an operator of a boat in Alabama waters is 0.080%.

No charges have been filed against McBryer. His actions immediately following the accident will be taken up by a new Grand Jury that will be empaneled later this month.



This is a .pdf of the News Release, the toxicology report, and the Grand Jury indictment:


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