Coaches accused of murder in heat of Georgian student death – .

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Coaches accused of murder in heat of Georgian student death – .


JONESBORO, GA. – Grand jury indicted two coaches with murder and child cruelty in the death of a Georgia high school basketball player who suffered heat stroke after training outside in a hot weather nearly 100 degrees, a lawyer for the player’s family said on Tuesday.

The Atlanta-area grand jury indicted Larosa Walker-Asekere and Dwight Palmer last month, according to court records and news outlets.

Imani Bell, a 16-year-old junior at Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County, was participating in the conditioning drills required for the women’s basketball team on August 13, 2019, when she collapsed after climbing the steps of the football stadium, according to a lawsuit his family filed in February against school administrators. The temperature was in the 90 degrees Fahrenheit (over 35 degrees Celsius) and the area was subject to a heat advisory.

Imani died later that day of heat-related cardiac arrest and kidney failure, according to the lawsuit.

Justin Miller, an attorney for the girl’s family, said Tuesday that the indictment “sends a signal that the prosecutor is taking this seriously.” His office had received a copy.

But he added that he wanted to see the case move “quickly”.

“The point of the case is the accusation, not just the accusations,” he said.

Miller identified Walker-Asekere as the head basketball coach and Palmer as an assistant, and he said the two were on site at the time and in charge of the children.

Court files do not mention a lawyer for either of the defendants, and Clayton County prosecutors did not immediately return an email requesting this information and details of the indictment. . Messages for the attorneys listed for Walker-Asekere in a separate case were also not immediately returned.

The family’s lawsuit says school officials violated a Georgia High School Association rule banning outdoor practices in weather conditions such as those Imani faced. He also says they never correctly measured the temperature in advance.

The school district declined to comment.

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