Stinson pleads not guilty

Updated: August 19, 2009, 12:06 PM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A former Kentucky high school football coach has pleaded not guilty to a charge of wanton endangerment related to a practice where a player collapsed and later died.

David Jason Stinson entered the plea Wednesday as his attorneys sought to have the new charge tried separately from a charge of reckless homicide.

The reckless homicide charge, a rare case of a coach being charged in a player's death, is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 31.

Both charges stem from the Aug. 23, 2008, death of 15-year-old lineman Max Gilpin. Gilpin had collapsed at another practice three days earlier.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Susan Schultz Gibson told attorneys she would rule on whether to try the charges together by Thursday.


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