Coroner’s inquest demanded in Kendrick Johnson case

October 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Good afternoon:

We have a new development in the Kendrick Johnson case.

On behalf of Kendrick’s parents, Benjamin Crump is requesting a coroner’s inquest.

USA Today has the story:

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the student-athlete found dead in a rolled-up gym mat, are petitioning a Georgia judge to order a coroner’s inquest into their son’s death, the couple’s lawyer said Tuesday.

Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson believe the surveillance video taken inside the Lowndes High School gym will show what happened to their son. So far, only a short clip of the video has been made public.


Crump said he believes the findings of an inquest would support the family’s belief that Johnson’s death was a homicide.

In a press conference Tuesday, lawyers said there are at least four video cameras in the gymnasium, one of which was aimed toward the corner where Kendrick’s body was found.

Officials have said they must wait for consent from other minors in the video before they can release it.

The U.S. attorney’s office has the video and is reviewing the case.

Georgia Statute § 45-16-27 (a)(1)(C) authorizes the Coroner of Lowndes County to conduct an inquest before a jury into Kendrick’s cause of death even though the Medical Examiner at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that the cause of death was accidental due to positional asphyxiation.

This is a very interesting move that I fully support. Early on in the investigation, the Lowndes County Coroner protested the Sheriff’s failure to notify him immediately about the discovery of Kendrick’s body, which is required by law.

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