The family friend who piloted a personal watercraft in the July 2012 boating accident 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, according to the
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 wound up with 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 a little more than two weeks after the crash when life support was removed.
The defense had argued that the Hubbard tried to avoid the children, saying the incident was a tragic accident, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.
He will be sentenced March 5.
"At the end of the day, I know he didn't do it on purpose," Foster Raymond told WSB, the Journal-Constitution reported.
Meanwhile, this week on Twitter she's been promoting a 5K run/walk in Atlanta to benefit the Kile's World Foundation. Its March 29 date is the anniversary of the boy's birthday. The foundation, in Kile's memory, sends kids to fine arts, theater, dance, media and voice camps.