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Man guilty of all counts in boat wreck that killed boy

Sentencing set for March 5

POSTED: February 20, 2014 5:08 p.m.
Nat Gurley/Times Staff

Kile Glover's father and stepmother, Ryan and Marsha Glover, leave Hall County Superior Court Thursday afternoon after a jury returned guilty verdicts against Jeffrey Hubbard for homicide by vessel and other charges in the July 2012 boat wreck that killed Kile, 11. The Glovers talked with and hugged the state prosecution team, including DNR Sgt. Steve Seitz, right.

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Jeffrey Hubbard was found guilty of homicide by vessel and the other four charges he faced in a summer 2012 boat wreck that killed an 11-year-old boy.

Kile Glover, 11, died in the July 6, 2012 incident on Lake Lanier, and teen Jordan Shepp, then 15, was seriously injured. Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel as well as misdemeanor boating charges including reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and boat traffic violation for operating at more than idle speed within 100 feet of a person in the water.

The two children were riding on a raft being pulled by a pontoon boat when Hubbard’s personal watercraft collided with them.

Kile was the son of Ryan Glover, president of Bounce TV, who was driving the pontoon boat at the time of the collision. Kile was also the son of Tameka Foster, and was stepson to entertainer Usher.

Hubbard has been on trial before Judge Bonnie Oliver in Hall County Superior Court since Feb. 10. Closing arguments in the case were given this morning.

Hubbard was taken into custody; sentencing will be held March 5.

This story will be updated.

 

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