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Published On: Tue, Jun 11th, 2013

Kendrick Johnson body exhumed, second autopsy set in hopes of answering questions in dead of teen

A Lowndes County judge granted the Kendrick Johnson family permission to exhume their son’s body for a second autopsy.

Kendrick JohnsonThe 17-year-old was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at Lowndes High School in January.

The Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner ruled his death an accident. Investigators say he suffocated after he fell inside the mat trying to retrieve an article of clothing. Questions in the case and handling were called more into question after statements by the coroner, saying the body was moved.

Even Al Sharpton paid the area a visit to raise awareness for the family and the questions in the case (more here)

The Johnson family believes he was murdered and plan to send the body to a Florida pathologist. Their lawyer says an initial report from paramedics noted bruising to Johnson’s jaw. That information was not on the GBI’s final autopsy report, and the family wants a second look.

“That was nothing that was indicated in the autopsy report; so either the pathologist at the crime lab missed it, or perhaps has some other explanation for it,” said attorney Chevene King.

Johnson’s body will be taken to Florida in the next two weeks.

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  1. Kendrick Johnson shocker: Teen’s body was stuffed with newspapers and buried after ‘autopsy’ without organs or the skull - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] recently the family decided to have Kendrick’s body exhumed so a second autopsy could be performed (yes, it indicated that non-accidental trauma was the cause […]

  2. Kendrick Johnson death: Second autopsy reveals a different cause of death - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] body of Kendrick Johnson, age 17, was exhumed and subjected to a second autopsy which may point to his murder, says a local […]

  3. News Counselor says:

    “Kendrick Johnson’s Death: Freak Accident or MURDER,” a must hear podcast. The parents of Kendrick Johnson along with their attorney recently did a two hour interview on internet radio show Center Stage. They revealed things about KJ’s death that had not been released to the media before now. The show covered what the crime scene really looked like, how KJ’s body was left in a warm drawer in a Valdosta County owned building for almost 3 days before being sent to Macon, GA for an autopsy, how the family was NOT allowed to see KJ’s remains for two day, how the Sheriff declared this a freak accident in 24 hours before interviewing all 3000 students and the staff who were all potential witnesses to KJ’s murder, how the family and their attorney has been denied full access to video footage from the school’s camera for the day KJ went missing, and so much more. Attached is a link to that show…

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/centerstage/2013/08/10/kendrick-johnson-death-freak-accident-or-murder

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