Arraignment date set for man accused of killing 5 people in boat crash

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 6:16 AM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 10:20 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - An arraignment date has been set in the case of a man who is accused of killing five people in a boat crash on the Wilmington River on Memorial Day weekend in 2022.

Mark Stegall was the driver of that boat. According to Stegall’s indictment, he was driving the boat under the influence of alcohol.

The crash killed one person in his boat, as well as four people in a different boat who were all from the same family.

Stegall is now charged with several things including homicide by vessel and reckless operation of a vessel.

Wednesday, his case was back in front of a judge for a status hearing. During the hearing, the arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 23 at 2 p.m.

Stegall was granted bond in September and has been out of jail ever since.

When Stegall was first released, the conditions of his bond were that he couldn’t operate a boat and he could only drive a car to go to work, doctors’ appointments, or to meet his lawyer. He also can’t drink alcohol and can’t have any contact with victims.

In March, his bond was amended to allow him to travel once a month to visit a family member in another part of Georgia.

According to court filings, Memorial Hospital was subpoenaed and asked for the medical records of two of the victims in the crash.

Court documents show those records, as well as surveillance footage from various boat clubs marinas, and the United States Coast Guard could be used as evidence in this case.