DEDHAM, MASS. (WHDH) – A couple facing charges in connection with the drowning of a 17-year-old at a graduation party in Dedham is set to face a judge Tuesday.
The court ruled back in July that the case against James Coughlin, a retired state police captain, and his wife, Leslie, can go forward.
Alonzo Polk, 17, drowned in a pool at the Coughlin’s home on June 6.
An attorney representing the Coughlins told the court that Polk didn’t know how to swim and that he was pushed into an in-ground pool during the party by a friend who wasn’t aware he couldn’t swim.
Coughlin heard a commotion, ran to the pool, and tried to perform CPR on Polk, the couple’s attorney added.
A Dedham police officer who responded to the drowning told the court that the Coughlins were holding a party to celebrate their daughter’s graduation and that there were beer cans scattered around the pool. He also said that there was inadequate lighting in the pool area.
The couple’s attorney argued that the Coughlins didn’t intentionally create a substantial risk of harm to Alonzo but the court magistrate ruled that the case would still move forward.
After being pulled from the pool, Polk was taken to a Boston hospital, where he passed away days later.
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