Two high school basketball coaches in Georgia, Larosa Maria Walker-Asekere and Dwight Broom Palmer, have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of player Imani Bell.
Palmer and Walker-Asekere were found culpable for the 16-year-old Bell’s death after “conducting outdoor conditioning training for student-athletes in dangerous heat,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Bell had collapsed during conditioning drills outside before dying of kidney failure. The official cause of death was listed as “due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis.”
The heat index during the workout was 106 degrees Fahrenheit, per reports.
In total, Palmer and Walker-Asekere are facing charges of second-degree murder, second-degree child cruelty, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless conduct charges.