Boat Deaths Trial to Begin 

The manslaughter trial of a Massachusetts man charged in a fatal boating crash last summer on Long Lake in Harrison is scheduled to begin Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The prosecution claims that Robert LaPointe of Medway, Mass., was legally drunk and driving too fast when his 32-foot boat equipped with twin 435-horsepower engines ran over a 14-foot craft, killing Terry Raye Trott of Naples and Suzanne Groetzinger of Berwick.

Justice Robert Crowley is expected to rule Monday on a defense motion to delay the trial or move it elsewhere. Crowley has said that he will be able to assess claims of prejudicial pre-trial publicity when potential jurors are screened.