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First witness called in Chase Boruch trial

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MERRILL (WAOW) --  After seating a jury of eight women and five men, the trial of Chase Boruch was officially underway.

Lincoln County District Attorney, Don Dunphy called his first witness, Deputy Travis Watruba of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department. 

Watruba testified he was called to the scene as a member of the dive team.  He told the court the water was 2 to 4 feet deep where the truck was found, 10 feet from the shore.

Defense Attorney, John Voorhees, a public defender from Rhinelander also questioned Watruba.

He focused on water temperature and the location of Moraine Lake.

According to the criminal complaint, just before five a.m. on June 6, 2010, Chase Boruch called 9-1-1.  He claimed his mother, Sally Pergolski and he, lost control of their truck. When officers got to the scene, they said something wasn't right.

After an initial investigation, authorities say they found Boruch and Pergolski had taken out a one-million dollar life and accidental death insurance policy a month before the crash. Boruch was the sole beneficiary.

Boruch was arrested in November 2010, in Madison where he attended college. Since his arrest, he's been held in jail on a two-million dollar bond.

Testimony is set to resume Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

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