Man accused of reckless murder in Black Warrior River boat crash bonds out of jail

UPDATE July 27, 2018: Ricky Latham, charged with reckless murder, assault and reckless endangerment in the July 4th fatal boat crash that killed 23-year-old Destiny Graben and 47-year-old Richard Glover, bonded out of jail Friday. 

According to court documents, Latham posted his $487,000 bond Friday before a judge could decide on the motion for bond reduction filed by the defendant. 


GREENSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) -- A man accused of reckless murder in connection to a fatal July 4th boat crash on the Black Warrior River that killed two people made his first court appearance in Hale County.

A bond reduction hearing was held Thursday morning in Greensboro at the Hale County courthouse for Ricky Latham.  His bond is set at $487,000.  Latham's family was in court and testified on his behalf hoping the judge would reduce the amount so he can be released.

Hale County Assistant District Attorney Erica Kemmer strongly opposes Latham making bond.

"We are opposed to any bond reduction and we feel the bond is fair because there were two deaths involved.  Two people were killed as a result of Mr Latham's actions, as well as numerous people were injured," Kemmer said.

Ricky Latham is accused of being intoxicated while driving his boat into another boat July 4th on the Black Warrior River in Moundville, killing 23-year-old Destiny Graben and 47-year-old Richard Glover.

Latham is charged with reckless murder, assault and reckless endangerment.

Jim Standridge says the defendant has the right to make bond so he can be released from jail. Standridge is Latham's lawyer.

"Mr Latham and his family are terribly sorry for the loss of life and injuries that happened to the other
people.  But this was an unfortunate accident with a boat.  We have no reason to think Mr Latham was at fault in the accident. There's been allegations but no evidence to indicate to us that Mr Latham was at fault in the accident," Standridge said.

Assistant District Attorney Erica Kemmer disagree's.

"He intended to take a drink, he intended to take more than one drink.  He intended to get intoxicated.  
He had no disregard, it wasn't just one person he was trying to hurt.  He hurt multiple people and killed 
two of them," Kemmer said.

The Hale County judge did not make a ruling, he is expected to make his decision Friday to allow
Latham to post bond or not to.  Neither Latham's family or Destiny Graben's family wanted to comment today in court. 

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