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Man arrested for reckless murder in Black Warrior River boating crash deaths

Richard Latham Junior is arrested for two deaths in the Black Warrior River boating crash. (Courtesy Moundville Times)

The man arrested for two deaths of a July 4th Black Warrior River boating crash was under the influence of alcohol, according to the lead investigator.

Richard Latham Junior, the driver of a ski boat that collided with a bass boat near Moundville, was booked into the Hale County Jail on two counts of wreckless murder charges.

According to the arresting officer who lead the investigation, Freddie Ingram, two warrants were issued on Friday for his arrest.

Ingram says each count is for the victims in the wreck: 47-year-old Richard Glover and 23-year-old Destiny Graben.

The Senior Trooper for the ALEA Marine Patrol division says "alcohol played a big role" in why it happened.

“This is a no-win situation. There was many lives that were lost. Many lives that was changed. Mr. Latham’s family is changed. Mr. Latham is forever changed. The fatalities that was in the boat wreck…their families will never be the same. This is just a tragic occurrence on the river that is going to be affecting a lot of people for a long time," he says.

Trooper Ingram says the ski boat was going about 35 MPH on the water at the time of impact. He says this is fairly fast for what should have been a normal boat ride.

No court date has been set for Latham. Trooper Ingram says bond should be determined early next week by a Hale County judge.

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