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Testimony Begins In Stinson Trial

Testimony is underway in the trial of former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson.Stinson is charged with reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the heat stroke death last year of sophomore player Max Gilpin.The first witness, called by the prosecution, was Max's mother, Michele Crockett, who told described the scene at the PRP practice field when she arrived after learning that her son had fallen ill."People were asking to open his eyes, and his eyes were about half open, and they were really bloodshot," Crockett said, her voice breaking with emotion.Max died three days later at a Louisville hospital.Crokett also told the jury that her son was taking the prescription drug Adderall at the time for attention deficit disorder. Stinson's attorneys contend the drug could have contributed to Max's heat stroke.Prosecutors say Stinson denied his players water during the practice and overworked them in the August heat.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.