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Tulsa Man Pleads Not Guilty for Fatal Boating Accident

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Today a Tulsa man entered a not guilty plea for two first degree manslaughter charges for a boating accident that killed two people in May.

John Deselms was reportedly the driver of the boat that crashed and killed Rachel Nicole Swetnam and William Lewis Varner III on Grand Lake.

Back in May, KTUL reported that Deselms told investigators he had 10 beers, a tequila shot and an antidepressant before the deadly collision, according to a preliminary crash report. He was cited for operation of a vessel under the influence after the May 14 crash.

Swetnam and Varner were passengers of the boat Deselms was driving which collided with another docked boat, identified as a Cobalt Bowrider. Grand River Dam Authorities stated that Swetnam was from Grove, Oklahoma while Varner lived in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Brian Edwards with the GRDA Police told KTUL the collision between the Bowrider and the houseboat as a "substantial violent impact."


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