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Two coaches indicted for dying of student-athlete

CLAYTON County, Ga. (CBS46) — A grand jury has handed down homicide fees for 2 Clayton County highschool basketball coaches.

Larosa Walker-Asekere and Dwight Palmer are charged with involuntary manslaughter, cruelty to youngsters, reckless conduct, and second-degree homicide for the dying of 16-year-old Imani Bell.

Bell died after conditioning together with her basketball group at Elite Students Academy.

“For those who’re questioning why second-degree homicide, it’s as a result of it was a homicide that was finished in fee of one other felony, which was the cruelty to youngsters cost,” mentioned lawyer Justin Miller.

Friday will mark precisely two years since Bell collapsed and died.

“It doesn’t get any simpler,” her father Eric Bell advised reporters.

With the warmth index surpassing 100 levels on August 14th, 2019, Bell was conditioning exterior at Elite Students Academy, working up stadium steps, when she collapsed.

An post-mortem revealed she died of heat-related cardiac arrest and had no underlying well being circumstances.

“To one of the best of our data, that is the primary time in historical past in a case like this that homicide fees have been introduced towards the coaches who have been negligent,” mentioned Miller.

Attorneys argue that not solely was conditioning held in extreme warmth, it was held earlier within the season than permitted by the Georgia Excessive Faculty Affiliation.

At a press convention Wednesday, reporters have been advised that Walker-Asekere’s lawyer is putting blame elsewhere.

“Coach Asekere’s legal professionals put out an announcement saying Walker-Asekere faults the athletic director and Elite Students Academy personnel,” mentioned lawyer Chris Stewart. “So clearly this case is larger than simply the 2 coaches, which is why we filed the civil swimsuit.”

Stewart mentioned attorneys for the Clayton County college district proceed to defend the college towards the civil swimsuit, however he believes the latest indictments may assist transfer it alongside.

“Imani Bell’s identify will now stand for change in sports activities throughout this nation,” he mentioned.

Bell’s father known as the costs “refreshing.”

“I can use the time period bittersweet. We have been additionally completely satisfied the DA introduced forth the costs and held the coaches accountable.


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