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Man Charged In Woman's Death At Marina Speaks Out

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by Nick Beres

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A man arrested for a killing a woman with his boat on the Cumberland river said it was just a horrible accident. Doug Jackson spoke exclusively to NewsChannel 5 Thursday.

Police said Stephanie Burns died after falling from Jackson's boat near Clarksville and being hit by the propeller. 

Jackson was on a Bravo ski boat with several people, including his brother Skylar, Stephanie Burns and her fiance, Bobby Meadows.
 
Investigators with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Skylar and Burns fell into the water and Jackson drove the boat right over them. Jackson was charged with vehicular homicide in the incident.

Jackson said that wasn't what happened. He said he tried to rescue his brother and Burns, who had both fallen from the boat. They both suddenly went under with the current. It was when they came back up they accidentally collided with the boat.

"I'm slowing down into neutral. Then nobody sees them and there's blood everywhere," said Jackson.

His attorney Carrie Gasaway said her client was trying to rescue the two and did nothing reckless.

"This is a terrible accident. He was simply trying to get them out of the water," said Gasaway.

Jackson said Burns could not swim and panicked in the swift current, pulling Skylar down with her.

Jackson's brother sliced open his hand and suffered a gash to his head requiring 20 stitches. Burns was pulled from the water with fatal injuries to her neck and chest.

There were conflicting stories about how Burns ended up in the water. Her boyfriend said Jackson pushed her in while others said it actually the boyfriend who tossed her in as a prank.

Investigators said Jackson did not appear to be under the influence at the time of the incident, but blood test results are still pending.  

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