WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a deadly July 4th boating crash on Smith Lake.
Nick Bowling Suggs, 50, and Jodi Wallace Suggs, 50, both of Decatur are charged with criminally negligent homicide for striking the boat Kelsey Starling was aboard, causing her to be thrown off, according to ALEA.
Kelsey Starling, 26, of Troy died in the crash in Rock Creek.
Charges were handed down after a Winston County Grand Jury convened earlier this week.
The Starling family released a statement Wednesday following the indictments:
“Our daughter, sister, and granddaughter, Kelsey Starling is missing and presumed dead since July 4, 2019, following a boating incident on Smith Lake. We appreciate the tireless efforts of law enforcement and search personnel to locate Kelsey. We also very much appreciate the love and support we have received from so many individuals at Smith Lake and throughout our state. We have been especially touched by the blue Kelsey ribbons that have seemingly appeared everywhere in Alabama and states beyond. This has provided our family significant comfort. We understand that an indictment has now been issued in connection with Kelsey’s death; we will not comment on the indictment at this time. We look forward to receiving information yielded from the investigation that resulted in this indictment. The family will have no further comment on this issue at this time, as our efforts remain focused on the recovery of Kelsey’s remains.”
William Jackson Fite, 23, of Decatur, was booked into the Winston County jail in July on a charge of Boating Under the Influence.
Efforts to recover Starling’s body resumed Monday morning and will continue through Friday.