LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Hundreds of pages of testimony from the lawsuit filed against McGregor Baptist Church and the head pastor may have revealed what happened the tragic day in October 2012 that 11-year-old Jesse Watlington was struck by lighting. He was heading to football practice at McGregor Baptist Church when it happened. Days later, he was taken off life support and died.
Jesse was struck by lightning on October 3rd and since that time, his family has been searching for answers, wanting to know exactly what happened that day. The depositions in the case and many of the statements made have infuriated Jesse's family. They believe if more was done to help their son in the moments before and after he was struck, he might still be alive.
"My God. We were in shock. To find out that the first responder, his coach, didn't do anything. He testified that in his deposition that he just let him lay there on a wet muddy field and it was pouring down raining afterward," said Chuck Watlington, Jesse's father.
WINK News attempted to contact Pastor Richard Powell from McGregor Baptist Church regarding the depositions, and he sent back a written response saying they would have no further comment, but continue to pray for the Watlington family.