Testimony Begins In Stinson Trial

by Rick Howlett on September 4, 2009

Testimony is underway in the trial of former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson.

Stinson is charged with reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the heat stroke death last year of sophomore player Max Gilpin.

The first witness, called by the prosecution, was Max’s mother, Michele Crockett, who told described the scene at the PRP practice field when she arrived after learning that her son had fallen ill.

“People were asking to open his eyes, and his eyes were about half open, and they were really bloodshot,” Crockett said, her voice breaking with emotion.

Max died three days later at a Louisville hospital.

Crokett also told the jury that her son was taking the prescription drug Adderall at the time for attention deficit disorder. Stinson’s attorneys contend the drug could have contributed to Max’s heat stroke.

Prosecutors say Stinson denied his players water during the practice and overworked them in the August heat.

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Rich September 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Very hard to believe that water would be denied to players. during a practice. More to this than meets the eye.

Steve September 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm

How can you determine if a coach is at fault for homicide when there is not enough evidence to employ his guilt of neglect? What evidence shows the coach causing the child’s death when there was not even an autopsy? In Florida, autopsies are paid for by the insurance companies when the physicians order them at time of death. Why was there not one ordered in this case? That is very puzzling. This child was on a medication for ADHD which can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. This can further hasten someone’s condition if experiencing heat stroke because you body’s first reaction to dehydration is increase in heart rate and increase in blood pressure. Another aspect that puzzling me is this child was in septic shock. Why was he in septic shock? I read the paramedics could not achieve an airway at the scene. Did this child aspirate? Heat stroke can cause lack of profusion to your organs, but linked with septic shock, your chances of survival are very slim without aggressive and accurate diagnosis and treatment. Young adults have very strong biological response to stresses such as in acute heat stroke, so I am curious to know if this young man was well hydrated before practice and I am curious to see his toxicology screening. There are just too many questions surrounding this young mans death.

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