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Monday, August 31, 2009

Football coach stands trial in teenager's heat-related death

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In Louisville, a man named Jason Stinson, a former high-school football coach, is facing charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment. One of his student, 15-year-old Max Gilpin, died in August 2008 from heat stroke-related complications, days after he collapsed while running wind sprints. The Courier-Journal interviewed a series of legal experts, and the consensus is that it'll be very hard to convict the coach.

“The classic example of reckless homicide is firing a gun into a crowded building and killing somebody,” said defense lawyer Steve Romines of Louisville. “Having kids run wind sprints doesn't equate to that.”

In this photo provided by the Gilpin family, Max Gilpin is shown during his 15th birthday party, in July, 2008, in Louisville, Ky. After two-plus hours of practice, Pleasure Ridge Park football coach David Jason Stinson had enough goofing off. The first-year head coach ordered the 100 or so players to run sprints until someone quit the team. Five got sick, two eventually quit and 15-year-old offensive lineman Max Gilpin collapsed, dying three days later at a hospital. A year later, as Stinson prepares for a closely watched criminal trial. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Courier-Journal)

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