Jeffrey Hubbard Found Guilty in Death of Usher’s Stepson [Details]
Rucuss staffFebruary 21, 2014
The family friend who rode the jet ski that killed Usher’s stepson Kile Glover was found guilty in Atlanta on Thursday of homicide by vessel and several related charges.
Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Kile, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Foster Raymond and Atlanta television executive Ryan Glover whom Usher had reportedly raised like his own since age 4, was floating with a 15-year-old girl on a towed inner tube when they were hit by Hubbard’s watercraft on July 6, 2012.
The girl suffered a cut on her head and a broken arm, while Kile was pulled unconscious from the water with serious head injuries. He died in the hospital more than two weeks after the crash when life support was removed.
The Daily Mail reports:
In court this week, Kile’s stepmother, Marsha Glover, cried as she told the court that Hubbard had been driving his jet ski in a reckless manner prior to the collision.
‘He was just zooming back and forth, yelling with no hands standing on the jet ski. Just really crazy and erratic,’ she said.
State investigators said they did not believe Hubbard was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Glover said she and her husband Ryan saw Hubbard racing toward their pontoon boat, which was towing their son and Shepp on an inner tube.
‘We looked up and I saw Jeff coming as if he was coming directly toward the boat. And before I knew it, there was a big cloud of water,’ Glover said.
She told the jury that seconds later, she and her husband realized the jet ski had struck the two children on the tube.
‘I screamed. My husband immediately jumped in the water. I was on the phone with 911, our kids are in the water and we need help,’ Glover said.
Hubbard’s sentencing is scheduled for March 5. Meanwhile, Foster has been promoting a 5K run/walk in Atlanta to benefit the Kile’s World Foundation. Its March 29 date is the anniversary of her son’s birthday.
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