Man Convicted of Homicide in Death of Usher's Stepson

Jeffrey Simon Hubbard guilty of "homicide by vessel" after striking 11-year-old with a Jet Ski

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February 21, 2014 12:10 PM ET

A Georgia jury has found a man guilty of homicide by vessel in the Jet Ski collision that seriously injured a 15-year-old girl and led to the death of Usher's 11-year-old stepson in 2012. The 40-year-old man, Jeffrey Simon Hubbard, was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and boat traffic violation, according to USA Today.

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Hubbard, whom CNN says was a friend of the family and part of their group outing, was riding a Jet Ski on Lake Lanier near Atlanta, Georgia, when he hit Kile Glover, who was riding an inner tube with the girl being pulled by a pontoon. After reportedly being declared brain dead, Glover – the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond and Bounce TV president Ryan Glover – was taken off life support because his injuries were too severe to overcome. He died six days after the incident.

In March, Hubbard pleaded not guilty to all charges. During the trial, Hubbard's lawyers argued that the crash was an accident and not linked to recklessness. Sentencing is set for next month.

In 2012, after Glover's death, Usher sought and won shared custody of his two sons – Usher Raymond V and Nayvid Ely Raymond – following his and Raymond's divorce. The couple had been married from 2007 to 2009 and made peace following the 11-year-old's death.

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