Trial Of Coach Charged With High School Football Player's Death

The first day of testimony wrapped up Friday in the Louisville, Kentucky trial of a former high school football coach charged in the death of a player.

Prosecutors called four people to the stand Friday, including the mother of the player who died.

Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School coach David Jason Stinson has pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment stemming from the death of Max Gilpin. The 15-year-old collapsed while running in 94-degree heat last August and died three days later.

Gilpin's mother, Michele Crockett, testified that the coach told her he had pushed the team hard that day.

Prosecutors say Stinson ran a brutal practice, denying players water. Stinson's defense said the practice wasn't unusually hard.

Testimony in trial was set to continue Tuesday.


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  • by g-mack Location: right here on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:43 PM
    If your son was in war doing what he loved,and was kill you would still want the goverment to pay up right.THIS was sports high school not pro football.the kid is dead no amount of money will bring him back to his family.so mr. oh me, have a heart,not everyone is out for the old mighty dollar.
  • by Help Us on Sep 8, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    To Oh Me: Please go find something to do with yourself. He died doing what he enjoyed. My Lord you must not have children. These atheletic coaches sometimes take it to far. Sometimes enough is enough.
  • by Sharon Location: jacksonville on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    My son is also in football, and his coach works him to hard. BUT...My son would never say he had had enough, because he wouldn't want the other guys to see him less of a man. To many boys have died this way in NC, and all over. Enough is enough. It is for fun. They are not going to war. After his first game I asked him what was wrong with hime and the other players, and he said screeming in pain.... My whole body is still cramping but it is getting worse. The other players are going through it too. My son was 15 no fat and 208 pounds. White boy who looked like a man. He could have died that night. I thank God he didn't
  • by Oh ME on Sep 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    Somebody has to take the fall, to many lawyers. People, these things going to happen.Today's world just away for people to get money.Some of these parents aren't thankful for what they have. I wonder what the player would say about this. He died doing what he enjoyed, not many people can say that.
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