September 9, 2008

The time is approximately 1145. Today's date is Tuesday, September the 9th, 2008. Speaking is Detective Timothy Hightower, of the Louisville Metro Police Department Homicide Squad. This'll be a taped statement in regards to Case #08-197. I am currently in the parking lot of PRP High School. This taped statement will be given by first name, David...last name Keown.

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David, if you would, state your full name for the tape. David Keown. Okay. And spell your last name. Keown, K-E-O-W-N. And David's a white male, and how old are you, David? 17. Okay. And what is your date of birth? Okay. And what is your home address? x

Page 2 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

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x x Okay. And is that Louisville, KY? Yes, sir. And what is your zip code? 40258. And your home telephone number? Okay. And you currently uh, attend PRP. Is that correct? Yes, sir. And what is your status here? Are you a freshman...sophomore...ju... ...Senior. Senior? Okay. Uh, this statement is being tape-recorded. Does this meet with your approval? Yes. Okay. I'm taking this statement in reference to the events that occurred on Wednesday, August the 20th, of 2008, that occurred during the PRP football practice. If you would, please describe to me the events that occurred on that Wednesday, August the 20th, 2008, at the beginning and the end of practice.

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Page 3 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

Keown

Well, uhm, at the beginning of practice, we always start, we come out, uhm, we get the stuff out for the field, you know. Uhm, we get our stretchin' in, our warm-ups...then we split off in to team take-off. Uh, the offense go to the left, the defense' go to the right. Uh, we'll do team take-off's. The offense runnin' plays, the defense runnin' plays...we run four or five plays. Break it down, uh, then most of the time we'll go to our position coaches, which is like offense line, defense line. Sometimes uh, they'll give us unscheduled water breaks and send us to the water before the drill starts. Uh, that day our offense coach did. And then we came back. And then we started runnin' drills and we ran drills and uh, then we went to buck drill after our individual drill, which is uh, offense and a little bit of defense going against each other. And we started to do some of that and that, I guess that lasted for 10, 20 minutes...uh, then after that uh, after every drill, we went and got a drink of water. And then halfway through practice we were walkin' around, you know, comin' back to the field, and then so Coach halfway through practice, just said well, let's start runnin'. So we got us a drink, started runnin', uh, ran gassers. Uh, got a little bit in to 'em and uh, teammate Antonio Calloway uh, was havin' a little pro...problem breathin'. Uh, so Coach was like, you can go sit down, and he went over under the shade tree and sat down. And uh, we kept runnin' and uh, coach let a couple players go sit down, the ones that were runnin' hard, and uh, the ones that didn't, then we just kept runnin', and then uh, sooner or later uh, Max Gilpin uh, fell. And uh, Coach uh, was uh, I guess gassers were

Page 4 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

over from then 'cause Coach was more worried about Max than uh, us, I guess, so uh, we all huddled up around the tree, uh, while they were checkin' Max out. And then Coach came over there, dismissed us, uh, said he wasn't proud of uh, the way we practiced, us walkin' around and stuff, and uh, and it just uh, I guess he just thought, you know, that we just had a bad practice and everybody, some people were already uh, AD Webb and uh, Coach Bob uh, assistant AD, I think that's what he is...were out there and uh, escortin' Max and pourin' water on him, so he thought...I guess he believed that Max was gonna be okay and, and uh, he was just dismissin' us to the locker-room and the ambulance came and got Max and we all went in and uh, that's about the end of practice. Hightower Okay. Now I'm gonna ask you a few other questions, uh, how many water breaks were given? Were they given as a individual or as a team? Uhm, we have both. Uhm, we're scheduled, we have a schedule before practice that we read and we look over, and when you're scheduled, we're scheduled one after every uh, drill period. But like when we go to the offense and...like I told you individuals, some of our assignment coaches, like our offense line, uh, he'll send us to get water during the individuals, which is a non-scheduled water break, so uh, during the day uh, we had three and then uh, our, my...I know...I don't, I'm not...I can't say for anybody else, just from my...from my... ...Right. No. that's why I want you to say for

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Page 5 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

your, you're in the offensive line?... Keown ...Yeah, in the offensive line we got at least two unscheduled water breaks, so about five water breaks... Five water breaks...'cause you're offensive line. On offensive team. Yeah. Okay. How many water breaks did you take? I took five. You took five. Yeah. After the last water break, what did the practice consist of? Uhm, after the last water break, we ran. Uh, we ran gassers, so we were, that's what happened, as we were comin' back from a water break and we go in to what we call team, and that's offense versus defense...and we were walkin' around. And uh, we're not supposed to be walkin' around, so he just told us to get on line and we'll run if we're gonna walk. So we started runnin' and uh, then the events that happened here, uh... So then you said you uh, the reason that y'all were runnin' sprints 'cause y'all were walkin' around? Yeah, walkin' around.

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Page 6 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

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How many sprints did you or your group do? I'm not, I, I...I didn't count. Uhm, but it was more than usual but uh, because we didn't go in to team and team's usually the last thing of the day. So we usually go to the team and then do conditioning, but we uh, ran for team and ran for conditioning, so uh, I don't know. Uh, I'm not, I can't, I can't really exactly give a number. Okay. It was more than usual. Okay. Uh, and you said you were in the offensive group. Yes, sir. When you were runnin' those sprints, uh, were you runnin' in groups like that, offensive groups? Uhm, well, we do uh, skill guys, like the smaller guys, and then we'll do linemen. Okay. How many uh, of the sprints did you do before you took off your gear? Actually, we took off our gear kinda early, I was surprised. Uh, pro'bly ten. Pro'bly ten. And after you took off your gear how many did you do? I, I...I'm not really sure because uh, when uh, Antonio and uh, Max started uh, they, he kinda

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Page 7 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

got more distracted with them and then uh, kinda stopped and then the whole team was kinda awed and wonderin' what was wrong. So it was kinda just...I'm, I'm not really for sure again. Hightower Keown Okay. And how long do you think y'all were running those sprints? maybe uh, I'm not sure. Uh, our, usually our team lasts uh, anywhere from 20, 30 minutes, uh, but...but uh, when we were runnin' our sprints, uh, he don't blow the whistle one after another, one after another, we, we, sometimes he stalls to let us catch our breath and get back, so I, I'd say the last 30 minutes of practice we ran, so... So 30 minutes? Around there, yeah. 30 minutes. Okay. Did you or any of your teammates ask for water when you were running the sprints? No, sir. Did anybody try to get some water? No, sir. Not while running sprints. Uh, to clarify what you're talkin' about, 'cause we know what you're talkin' about uh, we, when we, when we dismissed and we were gettin' our water, uh, after that he told us just meet under the tree, uh, we met under the tree and uh, some of the guys disobeyed him and he was like, uh, they ran to the water and he said, come over here, he didn't say they couldn't get

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Page 8 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

water, he just was like, come over here and be with the team and then you can go do that. Hightower Keown Hightower Keown Hightower Uh... But there was nothin', I've never heard anything like that. Okay. did you or any of your teammates become ill while running those sprints? Not, not besides the two that... Okay. So did...the two you're saying, uh, Calloway, did he get sick while you were runnin' the sprints? No, he uh, coach told him to quit 'cause he was runnin' hard and doing play, he, he was already tellin' him to go off. He told him and a fellow teammate, Dave West, to uh, to go sit under the shade tree, and then when they went to stop, Antonio was tryin' to catch his breath, when he was walkin' over to the shade tree, and uh, couldn't catch his breath. He didn't collapse or nothin' like Max did. Okay. So Dave West was hel...helpin' him walk over to the tree and uh, he was just havin' trouble, problem breathin', but while, while he was runnin' sprints, he was fine. So Calloway? Okay. So nobody was ill, became ill while they were runnin' sprints? Um-umm.

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Okay. And you said Max, did he become ill when... No, uh, actually uh, we had a teammate that uh, quit before max. And when Max, when Max dropped, uh, we had done stopped because another teammate was walkin' and uh, Coach was askin' him why he was walkin' and he was just like, I quit or whatever, or somethin' like that, and walked off. and... Do you know who it was? Uh, the player that quit? Yes. I'm not for sure. Uh... Do you know what race he was? White. Okay. And uh, he was uh, he was just like I just, I quit, or somethin' like that, uh...I guess he didn't wanna run or practice any more play and uh, and then we all started walkin' off to go meet under the shade tree and Max fell right at the end of the gassers, man, uh... Was he near you when he fell? He was pretty close. He was close. Okay. When do you first know that, notice

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Page 10 of 13 Statement: David Keown / Case #08197(f) September 9, 2008

him fallin', or did you notice him fallin'? Keown Hightower Keown Hightower Keown I mean he was walkin' just like we were and just fell. Was he in front of you, beside by you... In front. He was in front of you. 'Cause we run our gassers, they're more like this. So I was like this walkin' this way and Max was kinda more to the side, more in front of me... And you, did you see him drop? Yes, sir. And what happened when he dropped? Did he get back up or did somebody go help him? Uh, he just had coaches run to him and try to help him and uh, uh...then the AD and them rushed to come pick him up with the gator, uh, and put him on the back of it, then they took him over to where our water was and uh, threw water all over him and was rubbin' his chest...tryin' to get him to respond, and, and uh, then the ambulance came and uh, and I guess that was that. Okay. During any practice this year, have you personally seen or heard any teammate being injured? Uh, being injured or, like ankle problems or

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somethin' like... Hightower Keown Hightower Keown Hightower Keown Any injury that you know of? Uh, not, not uh, not bad injuries, maybe like a sprained ankle or somethin' like that...yes. Okay. Ankles...what about anybody quitting the team this year? Uh... you know anyone that has quit the team? No. Uh, we had the per...the person I believe that quit uhm, I think he came back. Uh, Coach let him (inaudible). You say the one that quit the day of the uh, incident? Yeah. Yeah, I think he came back. He came back. Yeah. It was just a bad day, I guess, for him. Okay. Has anyone influenced you in any way to withhold information or change any of the facts that actually occurred during the practice on Wednesday, August the 20th, 2008? No, sir. No, sir. Okay. Is this statement the truth that you have given me? Yes, sir.

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Do you have anything else to add to the statement that I haven't asked you or any more information? No, just, uh, you know, I guess it just uh, kinda hurt me and everything, you know, we lost a teammate and uh, Coach really did care and he was really there for him, you know? He wasn't, he's not the kind of guy that's like a sergeant, gonna run you till you fall or drop. he really loves children and he really loves what he does and us seniors and uh, guys that's been around him for a while know. A lot of people maybe from the outside, lookin' in, really don't understand, but he's hurt more than anybody right now, 'cause he feels like he lost a kid and it's, it's hurtin' him, so I mean...but this wasn't, this wasn't nobody's fault. Nobody knew Max was hurt, nobody uh, I mean we had our water breaks. We had uh, everything that we were supposed to have and uh, it just, it just really is just somethin' that just hurts us right now, we're just kinda tryin' to make it through. And it's nothin' that, that anybody did, but uh, we, I just feel, I just really want him, our team's just really goin' through a tough time, and we just know that coach is, he would always be there. He'd never try to, to (inaudible) or physically try to hurts a kid. Okay. Alright. with that said uh, do you have any other information that you wanna offer? No, sir. Okay. I'm gonna end this statement. The time is approximately 1200 hours.

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