Man charged with involuntary manslaughter in drowning of E. Detroit High School teen, in court

A man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning of a ninth-grader in a Detroit-area high school pool is due back in court.

A preliminary examination is scheduled Thursday morning in Eastpointe District Court for Johnathan Sails.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has said Sails was assigned to monitor a remedial swim class at East Detroit High School in November when students told him 14-year-old KeAir Swift was having trouble.

Smith said Sails initially told students Swift was fooling around. He then changed clothing in a locker room before jumping into the pool. Swift was pulled out by a vice principal and died after several days on life support.

Defense attorney Robert Leonetti has said Sails was the first to jump into the pool to try and save Swift.

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