Memphis man indicted in July 4th boating deaths - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis man indicted in July 4th boating deaths

A Grand Jury in Shelby County has indicted a Memphis man for the drowning deaths of two children, and for allegedly putting four victims in imminent danger during a July 4th motor boat outing on Robco Lake last year, officials said Friday.

Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said the Grand Jury indicted the boat’s operator, Kenny Banks, 49, for two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of reckless homicide, and one count of reckless endangerment. 

Karlton Parker, 10, and Carnisha Banks, 11, drowned and four other victims fell into the water but survived when the motor boat operated by Banks sank into Robco Lake on July 4, 2007. The incident was criminally investigated by the Memphis Police Department.

Tina Parker wishes her grandson, Karlton, could have stayed on this earth longer. But she tries to focus on the good times they shared.

"I'm glad that he spent most of his time with me.  Let me get to know him," Parker said.

Parker's 10-year-old grandson was one of two children who died.

While her daughter wants mercy for Banks, Parker says the indictment is fair.

"For something like that to happen somebody should be responsible," Parker said.

Safety guidelines recommend a maximum of three people on the boat at any one time.

"We're going to do what we can in accordance with our state laws to hold people accountable when they engage in reckless actions," Gibbons said.

Parker trusts her grandson will get justice.

"I put that in God's hands to judge someone.  So, I just pray that my mind be worry-free," Parker said.

Parker's grandson would have turned 11 last month.

Banks is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond.  An arraignment date has not been set.


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