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Pflueger set for trial in October for deadly dam breach

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:37 p.m. HST, Jan 06, 2012

LIHUE  >> A tentative trial date has been set for a retired car dealer from Hawaii charged in the deaths of seven people swept from their homes after a century-old earthen dam broke on his property upstream.

Prosecutors and attorneys for James Pflueger have agreed to begin the trial Oct. 1.
The Garden Island reported Friday the 85-year-old Pflueger did not appear in court for the hearing.
Manslaughter charges were upheld in June. Pflueger is accused of altering his property in a way that caused a Kauai dam to give way on March 14, 2006.
He has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of manslaughter.
Attorneys anticipate the trial to last six to eight weeks.

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cojef wrote:
Very sad incident where lives were lost due to the arrogance on the part of a rich land owner who violated the local law by leveling parts of an earthen dam that stored water that was used to irrigate the candfield of a defunct sugar plantation. The dam overflowed during a rainstorm and collapsed and flooded the river downstream. He removed dirt from the dam that was vital for the integrity of the dam to withstand collapse and overflows. The issue is whether a new landowner has the right over old existing laws relating to the dam's construction and use. Also, whether he sought permission from local authorities to alter the configuration of the dam? That is all I know about this case. Whether the foregoing is "waha", your comments?
on January 6,2012 | 02:30PM
ufried wrote:
on January 6,2012 | 05:39PM
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