Morgon trial delayed, assigned to new judge

January 11, 2019

KINGMAN — A California man charged with a June 2016 fatal boating collision on the Colorado River was back in Superior Court earlier this week.

Kevin Lawrence Morgon, 45, of Long Beach, is charged with manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor driving a watercraft while intoxicated.

At the request from Morgon’s attorney, Michael Frame, Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle vacated Morgon’s trial that had been set for March 25 and assigned the case to another judge. Morgon, who is not in custody, again appeared telephonically from California.

Carlisle recently took over the criminal caseload that had been assigned to former Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss, who retired in December.

Morgon was operating a 20-foot boat June 25, 2016, when his boat collided with a personal watercraft near Davis Camp. A California woman was driving the personal watercraft along with her daughters, an 8-year-old girl and 13-year-old Guadalupe Rodriguez of San Bernardino.

Rodriguez suffered head trauma and died after being taken to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center. The younger girl and her mother were taken to a Las Vegas hospital and treated for serious injuries including a collapsed lung and various fractures, police reported.

Morgon was arrested for operating his boat while intoxicated. An arrest warrant was issued in October 2016 and the Mohave County grand jury indicted him in May 2017.

Morgon’s blood alcohol level was tested by the DPS crime lab at the time of the crash at between 0.098 and 0.122 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.080 percent.

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