Victor Blackwell of CNN is reporting that the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office conducted interviews this month into the death of Kendrick Johnson, 18 months after the case was closed.
Johnson’s body was found rolled in a wrestling gym mat in Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia in January 2013. The 17-year-old’s death was ruled an accident by county investigators. Johnson’s family disagreed with the findings. An independent autopsy was ordered by a judge after the family contested the coroner’s initial findings. The independent autopsy ruled Johnson’s death a homicide, caused by non-accidental blunt force trauma to the head. The independent autopsy also found that Johnson’s body had been stuffed with newspapers. The funeral home handling the body said that they never received Johnson’s organs from the coroner.
On October 31, 2013, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that the office would open a formal review into the death of Johnson. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is participating in that review process. The NAACP, attorney Benjamin Crump and other civil rights activists have been involved in finding justice for Johnson’s family. In December 2013, hundreds gathered for a “Who Killed K.J.” rally at Atlanta’s Capitol.
Johnson’s case remains officially closed despite the ongoing investigation.
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