Five years after man's death on Shuswap Lake and still no resolution to trial

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KAMLOOPS - A Shuswap houseboat crash five years ago is still making its way through Kamloops Supreme Court and today it was put over once again to another date for decision.

Leon Reinbrecht faces one charge of criminal negligence causing death after he drove his speedboat into a houseboat killing driver Ken Brown in the Magna Bay area of Shuswap Lake, July 3, 2010.

Seventeen months after the event, on Dec. 8, 2011, Reinbrecht was charged. After numerous delays, the trial began in February 2015 — four and a half years after the crash.

The trial suffered from similar delays. Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan announced at the outset of the trial he planned to call up to 50 witnesses and finally finished in April.

Justice Sheri Ann Donegan reserved her decision for today but again has been delayed, this time to Oct. 27.

By then, it will be five years, three months and 24 days since the initial event. Reinbrecht is not in custody. 

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