Coach pleads not guilty in player's death

January 26, 2009 12:42:10 PM PST
A Kentucky high school football coach has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a player who collapsed at a hot August practice. A judge released David Jason Stinson without bond Monday following his arraignment in Jefferson Circuit Court.

The family of 15-year-old Pleasure Ridge Park High player Max Gilpin attended the hearing but did not speak to reporters. Gilpin collapsed Aug. 20 while running sprints and died three days later at a hospital.

A grand jury Thursday indicted Stinson in the sophomore's death.

Gilpin's death was one of six heat-related deaths in high school and college athletics in 2008. But the criminal charge against Stinson appears to be unprecedented.

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