NOI. District Judge Doug Harpool filed an order Wednesday upholding a recommendation made in September.
Kenneth Scott McKee, of Verona, the captain of the duck boat; Curtis Lanham, of Galena, the general manager of the boat’s operator, Ride the Ducks Branson; and Charles Baltzell, of Kirbyville, the manager on duty that day, were charged with neglect and misconduct after the vessel sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson when a storm rolled into the area.
Missouri federal Magistrate Judge David Rush made the recommendation, saying the lake isn’t covered under federal law and that the case should be handled by a state court.
“While the events of July 19, 2018 remain an unfortunate accident and tragedy we’re pleased that both Judge Harpool and Magistrate Judge Rush have sustained the admiralty dismissal motion,” McKee’s attorneys, J.R. Hobbs and Marilyn Keller, ha detto in una dichiarazione.
The boat was on the lake on July 19, 2018, during severe weather warnings. Fourteen people survived. The Justice Department declined to comment on the decision.
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