JC man bound over for trial in fatal boating accident

A Jefferson City man accused of causing a fatal boating accident on the Osage River in September was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Osage County.

Christopher Winkler, 33, of 4023 Oxford Road, was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of second-degree assault.

According to a probable cause statement from the Missouri Highway Patrol’s water division, Winkler operated a boat at 11:50 p.m. Sept. 3 on the Osage River near Bonnots Mill. He struck two anchored boats, which had all of the required navigational lights on before the collision.

As a result of the collision, Alvin T. Blackford, 46, Russellville, and Curtis Libbert, 33, Tebbetts, died from their injuries. Three other passengers on Blackford’s boat were injured.

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