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2 charged after basketball participant’s demise

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) — Almost two years after the demise of 16-year-old Imani Bell, two individuals have been indicted on fees of second-degree homicide.

On Aug. 13, 2019, Bell, who was a junior at Elite Students Academy, was participating in obligatory conditioning drills within the roughly 98-degree warmth when she collapsed after working up the soccer stadium steps.

Larosa Maria Walker-Asekere and Dwight Broom Palmer are charged with second-degree homicide, second-degree cruelty to youngsters, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

The grand jury indictment states the defendants brought on “extreme bodily ache by conducting outside conditioning coaching for pupil athletes in harmful warmth,” which resulted in her demise.

Earlier this yr, Bell’s dad and mom filed a lawsuit stating the defendants “noticed Imani experiencing early indicators of warmth sickness through the outside apply however nonetheless directed Imani to proceed performing the conditioning drills along with her group and directed Imani to run up the stadium steps.”

The lawsuit says a GBI post-mortem revealed Bell had no preexisting situations and that she “died of a heatstroke brought on by strenuous bodily exertion in excessive temperatures.”

Bench warrants had been issued for each Walker-Asekere and Palmer again in July, however it’s unclear if they’ve been arrested. 

CLayton County Public Faculties launched the next assertion: 

“In step with Clayton County Public Faculties practices and protocols, the varsity system doesn’t touch upon personnel issues or pending/ongoing litigation.”


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