Guilty Plea in Boating Accident that Killed McMinn County Woman

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These are photos of the boat and personal watercraft involved in the deadly accident that killed Evelyn Spurling. After a complicated investigation the last defendant in the case has pleaded guilty. (Photos courtesy TWRA)

Nearly three years after a boating accident a woman has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in Monroe County criminal court. In a plea bargain, Holly Cassandra Wall of Tellico Plains was sentenced to 180 days in the Bradley County Jail and two years of supervised probation for her part in the 2015 Tellico Lake boating accident that resulted in the death of Evelyn Katrina Spurling from, Englewood, Tenn.

Monroe County wildlife officer Kip Kite spent more than 200 hours investigating the complicated case.

Holly Wall was operating a personal watercraft with Spurling as her passenger. Joseph Perry Wall was operating an 18-foot boat carrying five passengers when the two collided, killing Spurling. Joseph Wall’s blood alcohol content was found at .204 percent, more than twice the legal limit. He pleaded guilty in December 2016 to vehicular homicide, driver intoxication and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Holly Wall tested negative for alcohol, but 113ng/ml of Alprazolam was discovered in her blood.

Aimee Lynn Messmer of Madisonville, a passenger in the boat, also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in Monroe County criminal court in April of 2017.

“Wildlife officer Kite’s thoroughness of investigation, interviews, case management and his willingness to work with the district attorney to successfully prosecute such cases lead to a successful outcome,” shared TWRA, Captain Matt Majors. Captain Majors continued, “This was a unique case in that all charges filed were felonious and both vessel operators were charged and convicted.”

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