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Defense begins in case of football coach charged in player's death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Four teammates and a classmate of a
Kentucky football player who died three days after collapsing at
the end of a football practice have testified that the teen
complained of not feeling well that day.

The teammates and classmate testified Tuesday as the defense
began its case in the trial of former Pleasure Ridge Park coach
David Jason Stinson, who is charged with reckless homicide and
wanton endangerment.

The charges stem from the collapse of 15-year-old sophomore
offensive lineman Max Gilpin at the end of practice on Aug. 20,
2008. Gilpin died three days later of heat stroke, sepsis and
multiple organ failure at a Louisville hospital.

Prosecutors said Stinson ran a brutal practice the day Gilpin
collapsed. Stinson's defense says the practice wasn't unusually
hard.

Stinson's trial is a rare case of a coach being prosecuted for a
player's death.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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