Men charged in Pineview swimmer’s death closer to trial

Posted at 8:44 PM, Dec 19, 2012

OGDEN — Two men facing criminal charges in connection with the death of a swimmer at Pineview Reservoir last year are closer to trial.

During a court appearance on Wednesday, attorneys for Colton Raines and Cole Boyer said they were gearing up for a trial. Outside of court, they hedged on whether a plea deal was in the works in the aftermath of last week’s jury conviction of another defendant in the case, Skyler Shepherd.

“Whether there’s some discussion about pleas remains to be seen, but right now there are not,” Raines’ attorney, Greg Skordas, told FOX 13. “I don’t know what’ll happen with this case. Right now we’re planning to go to trial.”

Raines and Boyer are facing misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, failure to render aid and obstruction of justice. They are accused of hitting Esther Fujimoto with a boat as she swam in Pineview Reservoir, then leaving her to die.

A jury convicted Skyler Shepherd last week of the same charges.

Raines and Boyer are scheduled for another hearing in January. They face trial in February.