Published: Mon, June 20, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kendrick Johnson Justice Department no charges

Kendrick Johnson Justice Department no charges

There will be no charges filed in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson in Valdosta, Georgia, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday, citing insufficient evidence in the case. They concluded Johnson become stuck upside down in the middle of a rolled up mat and was unable to breathe. Kendrick Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up gym mat in January.

Johnson's parents, Kenneth and Jackie Johnson, filed a $100 million lawsuit in January 2015, alleging their son was murdered by the two sons of a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and claimed the cause of his death was covered up by a host of state and local officials.

Johnson's family met Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice in Macon to hear their findings on the case.

On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia announced its investigation to determine whether Kendrick Johnson's death involved violations of federal criminal statutes including, but not limited to, federal criminal civil rights statutes codified at 18 U.S.C. Sections 241, civil rights conspiracy, and 245, interference with federally protected rights. The family counter-sued the Johnsons in May 2015 denying the accusations. A state autopsy ruled the 17-year-old's death accidental. Shortly thereafter, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office closed its investigation.

Sheriff's detectives who investigated the death insisted they found nothing to suggest foul play.

On June 15, 2013, at his family's request, Kendrick Johnson's body was exhumed and Dr. William Anderson conducted a second autopsy.

Though Lowndes High School has dozens of surveillance camera monitoring its doors and hallways, including four cameras in the gym where Johnson was found dead, none of them recorded the events leading to his death. Attorneys for Johnson's parents suggested footage released to the family and the media may have been altered. Local investigators called it an accident. We can not imagine the pain of their loss or the depths of their sorrow.

He says they will find out whether there will be charges in KJ's death today.

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