Owner of Lake Sinclair home: Woman electrocuted while swimming was trespassing

awomack@macon.comJuly 3, 2013 

The owner of a Lake Sinclair home named in a wrongful-death lawsuit alleges the woman electrocuted while swimming beside his dock was trespassing.

Carey Merrell said a chain was blocking the driveway of his home on Bluegill Run in Eatonton on May 5, 2012, when 25-year-old Devin Olivia Powers and a friend were swimming near his dock.

“Nobody had permission to be on my property,” he said Wednesday.

While the dock had recently had some work done, there were no bare wires, Merrell said.

A lawyer representing Powers’ estate in the lawsuit contends that Powers was treading water near the dock when she touched it and came in contact with either an outlet box or wire.

An autopsy ruled she died of electrocution.

Merrell said “it’s a tragedy” that Powers died, but it wasn’t his fault.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Bibb County Superior Court, names CBM Investments Inc., Merrell and three John Does as defendants.

CBM and Merrell were negligent, according to the lawsuit, and didn’t take precautionary measures to prevent an electrocution or to make the area safe.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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