Victor Blackwell of CNN is reporting that a Lowndes County, Georgia, assistant district attorney has ordered a communications company to hand over Internet records after investigators received an anonymous e-mail claiming an ex-schoolmate reportedly confessed to killing Kendrick Johnson.
“CNN obtained the e-mail and the subpoena on Monday, in response to a state Open Records Act request submitted to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.
The anonymous e-mail tip is dated January 27. The sender of the e-mail does not suggest he or she personally witnessed a confession; instead, the sender claims to have been told information by somebody who purportedly was aware of a confession in the 2013 death by one of the people implicated in the e-mail.
Johnson’s body was found in a rolled-up mat in the Lowndes High School gymnasium on January 11, 2013. Investigators with the sheriff’s office ruled his death accidental, concluding that Johnson climbed into the center of the gym mat to reach for a shoe and got stuck.”
Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in January 2013. State medical examiners concluded that the three-sport athlete suffocated after getting stuck in a rolled-up gym mat while reaching for a sneaker. A march for justice was held in May 2013 by Johnson’s family, friends, and other activists, who believe Johnson was murdered.
In July 2013, Johnson’s body was exhumed for a second autopsy. The second autopsy performed by an independent coroner found that Johnson died as the result of unexplained, intentional blunt force trauma to the neck. After what appeared to be a botched investigation by the local Sheriff’s department, the U.S. Attorneys office appointed Michael Moore, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia in October 2013, to further investigate the case.
The U.S. Attorney has interviewed two of the four students named in the email. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s department believe that the email is gossip.
Read more at CNN.