Jury finds towboat master not guilty in fatal collision

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(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — A jury found a towboat master not guilty of criminally negligent homicide after a weeklong trial, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Charles Warren Luetke was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide, reckless operation of a boat and failure to render assistance after a June 19, 2010, collision on the Tennessee River that killed two fishermen. Their boat was struck by a barge being guided by the towboat.

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By Professional Mariner Staff