Jury Deliberations Underway In Stinson Trial

by Rick Howlett on September 17, 2009

Jury deliberations have begun in the reckless homicide and wanton endangerment trial of former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson.

He’s charged in the heat stroke death of 15 year old player Max Gilpin, who collapsed during an August, 2008 practice.

Prosecutors say Stinson ran his players too hard during the practice and denied them water, causing Max to fall ill. The defense says the practice was conducted within the rules and the teen’s heat stroke could have caused by thepresciption drug Adderall or an existing illness.

Judge Susan Schultz Gibson denied a defense motion for a directed verdict of acquittal, saying the prosecution had enough evidence to send the case to the jury.

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