A Georgia high school basketball player suffered a heat stroke after practicing outdoors in over 90-degree weather and now police say a grand jury has charged her two coaches on criminal charges.
On Aug. 13, 2019, authorities say Imani Bell, 16, participated in conditioning drills for a high school's girls basketball team when she collapsed after running up the football stadium steps.
According to Fox29, Bell collapsed after showing signs of distress.
Now an Atlanta-area grand jury has indicted two of the coaches, head coach Larosa Walker-Asekere and assistant Dwight Palmer, on murder charges, authorities said.
An attorney for Imani’s family told ABC 7 that the indictment “sends a signal that the [district attorney] is taking this seriously,” and he is hoping to see this case move ahead “swiftly.”
According to the family, school officials violated a Georgia High School Association rule banning outdoor practices in weather conditions like on the day Imani passed away and the coaches never properly measured the temperature in advance.