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Dwight Palmer and Larosa Walker-Asekere are two basketball coaches. They are facing murder charges in connection with the death of 16-year-old Imani Bell.
On Monday, a Clayton County grand jury returned second-degree murder indictments for Asekere and Broom Palmer. They’re also charged with second-degree child cruelty, involuntary reckless conduct, and manslaughter.
His age is unclear.
Imani Bell, a 16-year-old junior at Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County near Atlanta, was participating in required conditioning drills for the girls’ basketball team on August 13, 2019, when she collapsed after running up the football stadium steps, according to a lawsuit her family filed in February against administrators at the school.
The temperature was in the high 90s Fahrenheit (more than 35degC), and the area was under a heat advisory.
Imani died later that day of heat-related cardiac arrest and kidney failure, according to the suit.
First Coast News reports that the suspects were coaches in 2019 at Elite Scholars Academy, where Imani attended school. She was a straight-A student and a star basketball player, according to her family.
Prosecutors said the suspects murdered Imani “by conducting outdoor conditioning training for student-athletes in dangerous heat, resulting in the death of Imani Bell due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis.”
Asekere’s lawyers responded to the charge by stating that Asekere “was on her first day as coach of the girls’ basketball team, and she was relying on the direction of the athletic director and Elite Scholars Academy personnel to conduct this conditioning activity,” 11Alive reports.
Court records do not list an attorney for either defendant, and Clayton County prosecutors did not immediately return an email seeking that information and details about the indictment.
Messages for attorneys listed for Walker-Asekere in a separate case were also not immediately returned.
The family’s lawsuit says school officials violated a Georgia High School Association rule banning outdoor practices in weather conditions such as those Imani faced. It also says they never properly measured the temperature in advance.
The school district declined to comment.