Defense lawyer says swimmer put herself in danger

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday in the trial of the owner of a powerboat that struck and killed a swimmer in Pineview Reservoir near Ogden.
Skyler Shepherd during his trial at the 2nd District Court in Ogden on Thursday, December 13, 2012.  (Kera Williams, Standard-Examiner)
Skyler Shepherd during his trial at the 2nd District Court in Ogden on Thursday, December 13, 2012. (Kera Williams, Standard-Examiner)
OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday in the trial of the owner of a powerboat that struck and killed a swimmer in Pineview Reservoir near Ogden.

The defense attorney for 22-year-old Skyler Shepherd argued Thursday that 49-year-old Esther Fujimoto put herself in danger by swimming in open water on Aug. 21, 2011.

Utah medical examiner forensic scientist Suzanne Miles testified that she couldn't detect any blood from the boat's propeller or internal engine parts.

Prosecutors say the men erased any evidence by quickly wiping down the sleek power boat.

Shepherd has said he wasn't driving when the boat struck the University of Utah scientist.

Two other men face a separate trial later, all charged with failing to render aid, reckless endangerment and obstructing justice.

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