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William McCoy, 53, had been in a bass tournament near Occoquan when he hit the pylon, which separates Maryland and Virginia, said Cpl. Brian Rathgeb of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. He wore a life jacket.

More than a dozen law enforcement agencies were in the area conducting emergency drills, and rescuers responded quickly, but they could not save McCoy.

The results of an autopsy are expected later this week. Rathgeb said investigators are checking for boat and engine problems.

-- Robert E. Pierre


Youth, 14, Found Guilty

An Alexandria Circuit Court jury found Malik Byrd, 14, guilty Friday of second-degree murder and using a firearm in a felony. Byrd, of the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Al-Rahn Powell, 18, who was shot July 29 on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray area. At 14, Byrd is among the youngest defendants convicted of murder in the city.

Although Byrd was tried as an adult, juries do not decide the sentence in juvenile cases. A judge will sentence him Dec. 14.

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