September 9, 2008

Speaking is Detective Timothy Hightower, of the Louisville Metro Police Department Homicide Squad. The time is approximately 9:52 hours. Today's date is Wednes...correction...that would be Tuesday, September the 9th, 2008. We are currently on the parking lot of Pleasure Ridge High School parking lot. Presently, I'm in my vehicle and in my vehicle is Nat Byerly.

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Nate, if you would, state your full name for the tape. Nathan Todd Byerly. Okay. And would you spell your last name? B-Y-E-R-L-Y. And how old are you, Nathan? 14 years old. And Nathan is a white male. And what is your date of birth? Okay. Your home address? x

Page 2 of 13 Statement: Nathan Todd Byerly / Case #08197 September 9, 2008

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x x Okay. And what is your home phone number? Okay. And what is your zip code? 40258. Okay. This statement is being tape-recorded. Does it met with your approval? Yes, sir. Okay. I'm taking this statement in reference to the events that occurred on Wednesday, August the 20th, 2008, that occurred during the PRP football practice. Please describe to me the events of Wednesday, August the 20th, 2008, from the beginning to the end of practice. Well, since I'm a freshman, I've gotta go to study hall, so I had study hall from 2:30 to 3:10. And the sophomores, the senior, they weight-lift and then they watch film, so they did that until about 4 o'clock. And then at 4, we went out to practice, and uhm, I guess it started around 4:15, around there or somethin'. Uh, we started out with team take-off's, where we just run plays real fast against the line defense, then we went in to individuals. Uh, I think on that day, we always start with a handoff drill, 'cause I'm a running back. We did that for a while. And then we got a water break. And then we did uh, we hit the pad a little bit, I

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think. Yeah. We hit that for about 10 or 15 minutes. Then we got a water break. And then we did buck drill, uh, it's a play we run. We did that for a while. Then we got a water break. And then we were walkin' back from the water and so Coach Stinson, he got a little mad so we lined up on a line and we were gonna run till practice was over. Hightower Okay. Let's go back to that. You said uh, you start off uh, what time did you get out there on the field, you said? Around 4:15, I guess. 4:15? Were you in full gear? I think it was only shoulder pads and helmet. We didn't wear pants that day. Shoulder pads and helmet? And you said uh, you got on the field in the first ex...and the first practice the things you were doin'...what was that? Team take-off. What is that? Uh, offense lines up on one side of the field and defense line on the other, and then we just run plays, like up tempo, against no defense. Okay. Is that freshmen...sophomore... ...Well... a mixture of

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...juniors...seniors? The varsity, they run first and then they get behind the freshmen...the JV goes next then the freshmen go. And then we just keep alternatin'. Okay. And you are a freshman?... ...Freshman. Yes, sir. Okay. And then after you did that, what was the next thing that occurred? Uh, individuals, where you go with your uh, position groups. Okay. So you were with your position group, what group was that a gain? The running backs. Okay. How uh, what...go on from there. So you were, you were practicin' the running backs? Yeah. We do a hand-off drill, where you get in two lines, you hand the ball off, and you just keep going. And then we did that for a while. And then what happened after that? We got a water break and then we did like hittin' the pass, like blocking. Okay. Now you say you got a water break, did the whole, did just the running backs get a water break or...

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Well, usually, they're like two or three minutes apart. Like the quarterbacks and stuff, they'll get one, then the linemen will, the linebackers, running backs, but we're not all over there at the exact same time. Okay. So you were over there with what? the running backs. Running backs? that? Then what happened after

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Then we uh, we went to do the blocking stuff and we did our blocks for the certain plays and everything. And then we got another water break and then we went to buck drill. Okay. And then after buck drill, what happened then? We got a water break and then that's when we had to run after that. Okay. Why did you have to run? 'Cause we were just walkin' back to the field and we weren't hustlin' or anything. Okay. Who, who ordered y'all to, who told y'all to run? Coach Stinson. Coach Stinson? So how many water breaks were you given?

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We were given three before we ran and then after practice was over we could get one. Okay. So was that individually or as a team? As a team. So you were given three and then you get one after... After everything was over. After everything was over? How many water breaks did you take? I took all of 'em. How many is that? four. When we ran, uhm, the freshmen, they got to quit a few early. So I got one then. Okay. Uh, after the, the first water break, what did practice consist of? It consist of blockin' the pass and then buck drill. And why was the team running those uh, sprints? Because we were walkin' on the field and not hustlin'. How many sprints did you do? Or did you do 'em as a group? We did 'em as a group.

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Okay. There was the little runnin' backs and like linebackers and stuff, they run, and then the gasser, you run start field, we run it sideways, you run 50 yards there, 50 yards back, 50 yards there, and 50 yards back...then you get a break while the big guys do it. Okay. So that's...I'm lookin' at you, I know we're on tape...how many times is that, that you run back and forth? Uh, runnin' backs, we fre...or the little guys, the freshmen, we pro'bly only did like ten. they might o' done three or four after us. Okay. Now in your group, you said you were in the uh, running back group? Yes, sir. Or...when you were doin' the sprints, do you break 'em in different kind of groups then? It's just two groups, the linemen and everybody else. Okay. So which group were you in? Everybody else. Everybody else' group? Okay. and was that a combination of uh, bigger kids and little kids or... All the big guys ran together and all the little

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guys got in together. There weren't freshmen groups, it was all ages. Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower All ages. Okay. And how many uh, sprints did your group do? About ten. ten? Well, the freshmen...the little guys... they pro'bly ran around 13 or 14... ...Okay... ...but we stopped a few early 'cause the freshmen goes less. Okay. So you...so how many did you do? Your group that you were in? Ten. Ten? And you said you were in the group, you were in the uh, what was the name of the group that you were in again? You said it was a... It was everybody else. Little guys.\ Little guys? Okay. When you ran these sprints, did you have your gear on? We started with everything on and then we ran a few of 'em, then we got to take our helmets off, then we ran a few more, then we got to take our shoulder pads off, and we were just runnin' just in T -shirts and a short shirts.

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So how many sprints did you run with your gear uh, on? Pro'bly three or four. Three or four? Then after you took off your gear how many did you run? Uh, pro'bly three. How long do you think the team was running sprints? Pro'bly 25 minutes, 30 minutes. Did any of your teammates ask for water breaks or try to get water during the sprints? not during the sprints. Did you or any teammate become ill while you were running the sprints? Uh, one of the seniors, Calloway, he, he was having a breathing problem and he was about halfway through, and he was like wheezin' a lot, so they got him off the field. So Calloway? Calloway. He's a senior. I don't know his first name. And he got sick during the sprints? About halfway through. Did you see anybody else?

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Uh, people were tired and stuff, but nobody was sick, really. During any practice, this year, have you seen or heard of any teammate being injured or quitting the team? Uh, kids have quit but I only remember one, he's a freshman, he quit during practice, but everybody else would quit like afterwards. They just didn't wanna do it anymore. Okay. Well, let's go to who the kid that you know that quit. Uh, I don't know his name, they call him "John Deer." "John Deer"? Yeah. Okay. He wore a John Deer hat all the time. Okay. What was his race? Uh, he was white. Okay. and when did he quit? He quit a while back, about a month ago. A month ago? It was the first day in pads like full gear, and he

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just didn't like to hit. Hightower Okay. So he quit. Now. You said there was another kid that you knew about: Somebody else? Well, a few freshmen quit 'cause they just didn't think it was the sport for them, I guess. Okay. Uh, do you know their names? Uh, off the top of my head Gomez quit, uh... ...What is his race? Mexican or somethin'. Okay. And then Timmy quit. And what is his race? He's white. Okay. Uh, some other kid, I think his last name is King, he quit. But he quit a long time ago. Older guys, I don't really know of any older guys quittin', just freshmen. And on that day, Wednesday, August the 20th, 2008, when you were practicin', did you see Max pass out? Uh, I was like on the side 'cause freshmen quit...he fell on the last one, I saw him gettin'

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dragged off. Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Hightower Byerly Okay. So you, you...you had just quit runnin' sprints? I had quit about two or three before and they were on their last one... ...Okay... ...and that's when he passed out. Okay. When...so he was runnin', did you see him with gear on when he was runnin'? He was just in...I think he didn't even have a shirt on. Just shorts. Just shorts on? And you saw him...what happen? what did you see happen? I didn't see him fall down, I just saw him gettin' dragged off. You just saw him gettin' dragged off? 'Cause we had a little meeting with the freshmen before that. Okay. So you saw him gettin' dragged off? Where was they draggin' him off to? Uhm, under the shade tree, to the bleachers. The bleachers? Okay. Did you go over there where he was at? No.

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What were you doin' at that time? Uh, freshmen were cleanin' the field off, like all the pads and stuff. And then we were gettin' in our big team huddle. Okay. Has anyone influenced you in any way to withhold information or to change any of the facts that actually occurred during that practice? No. Is this statement the truth? Yes, sir. Do you have anything else to add? No, sir. I'd like to end this statement. approximately 1003 hours. The time is

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