A grand jury has indicted two coaches in the death of a Clayton County basketball player who died after participating in workout drills during extreme heat, according to WSBTV News.
On Aug. 13, 2019, Imani Bell collapsed while taking part in outdoor basketball conditioning drills at Elite Scholars Academy.
Larosa Walker-Asekere and Dwight Palmer were indicted by a grand jury in the death of Bell. They were both charged with second-degree murder, child cruelty in the second degree, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.
WSBTV News reported that Bell’s family filed a lawsuit against the team’s coach, the athletic director, principal and assistant principal.
Bell’s parents told WSBTV News that the 16-year-old was forced to perform conditioning drills outdoors on one of the hottest days of the summer.
According to US News, Bell died later that day of heat-related cardiac arrest and kidney failure.
Justin Miller, an attorney for Imani Bell’s family, told US News on Tuesday that the indictment “sends a signal that the DA is taking this seriously.”
The family’s lawsuit says school officials violated a Georgia High School Association rule banning outdoor practices in weather conditions such as those that Imani Bell endured that day, according to The Washington Post. The lawsuit also states that the coaches never properly measured the temperate in advance.