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Suspect in fatal boat wreck waives first court appearance
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The man charged in the deaths of two Buford boys after a June 18 boating accident on Lake Lanier waived his first court appearance for the charges today in Hall County Magistrate court.

Paul J. Bennett, 44, of Cumming, was indicted last week by a Hall County grand jury.

He is  charged with eight counts of homicide by vessel in the first degree, two counts of boating under the influence of alcohol, two counts of reckless operation of a vessel and violation of duty to render assistance and identity vessel and self.

No bond was set at the time of his arrest and he remains in the Hall County Jail.

His first court appearance originally was scheduled for Saturday but then moved to today.

The eight homicide counts involve various charges, one for each victim, for causing a death while BUI, reckless operation of a vessel and leaving the scene of a collision.

Bennett is accused of driving his 21- to 22-foot fishing boat head-on into a pontoon boat on Lake Lanier carrying 13 people on the evening of June 18.

The accident occurred late at night in the Shoal Creek area of the lake near Buford Dam.

Two brothers, 13-year-old Griffin Prince and 9-year-old Jake Prince, were killed.

Jake died at the scene.

Griffin was missing after the collision; his body was recovered by divers June 27.

Bennett is represented by attorney Barry Zimmerman of Norcross.

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