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A grand jury indicted two coaches with murder and child abuse in the death of a Georgia high school basketball player who died after being forced to train at 98 ° F.
Last month, the Atlanta area grand jury indicted Larosa Walker-Asekere and Dwight Palmer, with Imani Bell, the victim’s family attorney, announcing the charges Tuesday.
A grand jury in Clayton County has charged two coaches with 2nd degree murder for the death of Imani Bell following a basketball practice in extreme heat in 2019. Friday will mark 2 years since her death. https://t.co/MkY9Rz6c16
— Joe Henke (@JoeHenke) August 10, 2021
Bell, a 16-year-old girl from the Elite Scholars Academy in Jonesboro, Georgia, was participating in the required conditioning exercise for the women’s basketball team on August 13, 2019 when she collapsed.
She suffered a fatal medical emergency after climbing the steps of the football stadium, according to a complaint filed by her family against the school administration in February.
The temperature was 90 degrees Fahrenheit (over 35 degrees Celsius) and the area was on high alert for the heat.
Imani died from heat-related cardiac arrest and kidney failure later that day, according to the cause.
Justin Miller, an attorney for the girl’s family, said Tuesday the indictment was “a signal that prosecutors are taking the case seriously.” His office had received a copy.
However, he added that he wanted to take the matter forward “quickly”.
“The point of the case is the prosecution, not just the prosecution,” he said.
Miller identified Walker-Asekere as the head basketball coach and Palmer as an assistant, and said the two were on site and in charge of the children at the time.
The court files do not list any attorneys for any of the defendants, and the Clayton County attorneys did not immediately send an email requesting this information and details of the allegations. Messages to the attorneys listed for Walker-Asekere in a separate case were also not returned immediately.
The family lawsuit alleged that school officials violated a Georgia High School Association rule that prohibits outdoor exercise in weather conditions such as those faced by Imani. She also says that they never correctly measured the temperature in advance.
The school district declined to comment.