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Trial pushed back to April

The trial for an Oregon man charged in a fatal boating accident in 2016 has been pushed back to late April.

An attorney for Marc Mongan, 47, agreed to an extension of a speedy trial demand Thursday to allow more time for a defense expert to compile a report.

Judge John Redington set the trial,originally set to begin Feb. 14, for April 23 to May 3.

Mongan has been charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class 2 felony; three counts of reckless homicide, all class 3 felonies; and three counts of reckless conduct, all Class 4 felonies, in the death of Megan Wells, 31, Rockford.

Wells was killed on June 24, 2016 on the Rock River three miles north of Oregon when a johnboat Mongan was operating struck her as it went over the back of the pontoon boat she was riding in, throwing her overboard.

Redington has already granted a motion from special prosecutor David Neal, from the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s office, to continue the case and delay setting a trial date until he gets the  defense expert’s report. That decision was made during a hearing on Jan. 30.

Mongan’s attorney Russell Crull told Redington Thursday that before writing the report, his expert wants to see the pontoon boat, which is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Crull said the expert will need two weeks to write the report after that.

No date has yet been set for the expert to see the boat, Crull said, but he is working with the IDNR’s legal department to set that up.

Redington said that because of the defense’s demand for a speedy trial, the trial must begin by March 15.

“We won’t waive the speedy trial demand, but would agree to an extension,” Crull said.

Redington ordered the extension and said the expert must view the boat by March 2 and have the report turned into the court by March 15.

Neal asked for time to file motions once he has seen the expert’s report.

Redington set a final pretrial hearing for Thursday, April 5.

After the hearing, Crull declined to reveal the name of the defense expert.

However, Roger Barrette of Cooper Barrette Consulting is on the defense witness list.

The firm’s website says it does crash reconstruction.

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