A Georgia man, facing criminal charges stemming from the death of Usher’s stepson, Kile Glover, entered a not guilty plea in Hall County Court, Tuesday (March 19). Jeffrey Simon was indicted earlier in the month, accused of going too fast on his water ski, and accidentally hitting the child.
Glover, who is the son of Tameka Raymond,—Usher’s ex-wife— was taken to a Georgia hospital where he stayed on life support for two weeks before being removed. He passed away in late July.
From the Times of Gainesville:
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.
Since her son’s death, Raymond has lost custody of the two children she shares with Usher.
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