Players Testify At Stinson Trial

by Rick Howlett on September 9, 2009

The prosecution continued its case Wednesday in the trial of former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson.

Jurors heard from current or former PRP players who testified about conditions at the August 2008 practice where 15 year old Max Gilpin collapsed from heat stroke. He died three days later.

Stinson is charged with reckless homicide and wanton endangerment.

Prosecutors say Stinson overworked his players and denied them water because they weren’t practicing hard enough. His lawyers say there were ample water breaks and the practice was not unusually harsh.

Four players who took the stand said they ran hard during the practice, but weren’t denied water breaks.

The trial resumes Thursday morning.

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