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Hubbard pleads not guilty in fatal summer boating incident

POSTED: March 20, 2013 12:00 a.m.

An Atlanta man pleaded not guilty to all charges, including homicide by vessel in the first degree, Tuesday in Hall County Court, according to county officials.

The charges stem from a July 6 boating accident on Lake Lanier that killed 11-year-old Kile Glover.

Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was a family friend on vacation with the Glover family at the time of the accident. Kile was the son of entertainer Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond, and Ryan Glover, an executive for Bounce TV.

Hubbard, whose lawyer Jeff Talley entered the plea in court on his behalf, also pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft, boat traffic violation and serious injury by vessel before Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.

Glover suffered severe brain injuries when authorities believe Hubbard’s personal watercraft collided with Glover, who was on an inflatable raft. He was vacationing with his father at the time of the incident.

Glover was hospitalized, never regaining consciousness. He died July 21.

Jordan Shepp, who was tubing with Kile Glover, suffered a severe injury to her left arm and her scalp was “seriously disfigured,” requiring multiple sutures, according to the indictment.

If convicted of homicide by vessel, Hubbard would face at least three years in prison, not exceeding 15.

If convicted on the injury by vessel charge, Hubbard would face one year, and no more than five years, in prison.

Law enforcement officials said Hubbard was in violation of the “100-foot law,” which mandates that drivers of boats and personal watercraft not operate at more than idle speed within 100 feet of a sitting object or a person in the water.

Glover’s death, and the deaths of Jake and Griffin Price, have spurred legislative scrutiny of boating regulations.

The Kile Glover Boat Education Law and Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, combined in a bill sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, passed the Senate and will be considered today on the floor of the House. The bill would lower the legal blood alcohol limit for vessel operators, add educational safety courses, adjust the life jacket age for children and clarify the requirements for children and teenagers to operate certain boats and personal watercraft.

District Attorney Lee Darragh said he intends to lead prosecution of the case if it goes to trial. Hubbard’s next court appearance has not been set, Darragh said.


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