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    Posted: Mar 24 2014 at 1:26pm






Atlanta -- The Lowndes County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office does not believe an anonymous e-mail claiming that a former schoolmate confessed to killing Kendrick Johnson is credible, an attorney for the department told CNN on Thursday.

The attorney did not tell CNN why or how investigators determined the tip was not credible.

The determination was made after a Lowndes County assistant district attorney issued a grand jury subpoena to obtain identifying information about the sender of the e-mail.

CNN obtained the e-mail and the subpoena Monday, in response to a state Open Records Act request submitted to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

RELATED STORY: Possible confession in teen's death

The anonymous e-mail tip is dated January 27, 2014. The sender of the e-mail does not suggest he or she 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 he climbed into the center of the gym mat to reach for a shoe and got stuck.

According to an incident report provided to CNN by the Sheriff's Office, investigators interviewed two of four students identified by name in the anonymous e-mail on January 28.

RELATED STORY: Kendrick Johnson's family sues funeral home

Both students acknowledged they knew Johnson but denied any involvement in his death.

The incident report does not indicate whether the investigators attempted to speak with the two other students identified in the e-mail.

CNN is not naming the students mentioned in the e-mail because none of them has been named a suspect in the death of Johnson.

Lowndes County sheriff's investigators concluded that Johnson, 17, got stuck while reaching for a shoe at the center of the mat and that his death was accidental. The state's medical examiner agreed, citing "positional asphyxia" as the cause of death.

Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson believe their son was beaten to death and officials are "covering up a murder." An independent pathologist, hired by the parents, concluded that the death was the result of a homicide after finding evidence of "unexplained apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma" to Johnson's neck.

"If anybody has any information of a different opinion that they can provide to us, we're certainly open to looking at that. We're not closed-minded on this," Lt. Stryde Jones, supervisor of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office's Investigative Division, told CNN in May.

The Sheriff's Office has received many public comments regarding Johnson's death since it closed its case on May 2. The grand jury subpoena is the first document provided to CNN that suggests the department has acted on any of those public comments.

RELATED STORY: Feds subpoena Kendrick Johnson's schoolmates

"Although our case has been closed, if evidence comes forward, specifically testimony, then we're open to hearing that and certainly we'll act accordingly," Jones said.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Bradfield Shealy issued the subpoena to Mediacom Communications Corp. on January 28. The New York-based cable, phone and Internet provider was ordered to provide the Lowndes County grand jury with subscriber information associated with the e-mail sent through the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office's website, or submit the documents to the district attorney's office or Jones before February 26.

According to a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office incident report, the subpoena was faxed to Mediacom on February 7.

Mediacom received the subpoena via fax Wednesday afternoon and immediately complied with Georgia officials' request, spokesman Tom Larson told CNN on Thursday.

Last week, students from Lowndes High School and nearby Valdosta High School were among those who appeared before a federal grand jury in Macon, as part of the Department of Justice's investigation into Johnson's death. The U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael Moore, launched the federal investigation on October 31.


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Report: Classmate Confessed to K¡lling Black Teen Found Dead in Gym Mat

March 20, 2014 Black News,ybw 30An assistant district attorney in Lowndes County, Georgia is investigating a claim that a classmate of a Kendrick Johnson, found asphyxiated in a gym mat, confessed to causing the teen’s death.
According to CNN, investigators have ordered a communications company to turn over records after receiving an anonymous email that an ex-classmate confessed to k¡lling Johnson.
In the email, received on January 27, the anonymous tipster reveals that although s/he did not witness the k¡lling, they were told by someone that another classmate had confessed to the crime.
Kendrick Johnson’s body was found rolled up head first in a gym mat on January 11, 2013 at Lowndes High School. Investigators initially concluded that Johnson’s death was accidental, resulting from the teen getting trapped inside the gym mat after reaching for a shoe, then dying of asphyxia, but an independent autopsy contradicted the conclusion reached by the sheriff’s department.
The  second autopsy found blunt force traµma to the right neck and soft tissues, “consistent with inflicted injury.” EMTs who arrived on the scene also noted bruising to Johnson’s neck in their report.Investigators have interviewed two of the four people mentioned in the anonymous email, according to an incident report obtained by CNN.
Both students denied having any involvement in Johnson’s death.“Although our case has been closed, if evidence comes forward, specifically testimony, then we’re open to hearing that and certainly we’ll act accordingly,” Lt. Stryde Jones, supervisor of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office’s, said during the investigation.A federal probe of the case was initiated in October.
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I hope this poor boy and his family gets justice
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A possible confession....



E-mail leads to gym-mat death clues

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kendrick Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up mat in his high school gym
  • The teen's death more than a year ago was ruled an accident
  • CNN obtains an e-mail sent anonymously claiming reports of confession in the death
  • The anonymous e-mail to the sheriff's department sparks a subpoena for Internet records


A mounted camera captured Kendrick Johnson walking through the gym the day he died.


Atlanta (CNN) -- 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.

Feds subpoena schoolmates amid probe into teen's death

A mounted camera captured Kendrick Johnson walking through the gym the day he died.

According to an incident report provided to CNN by the sheriff's office, investigators interviewed two of four students identified by name in the anonymous e-mail on January 28.

Both students acknowledged they knew the 17-year-old Johnson but denied any involvement in his death.

The incident report does not indicate whether the investigators attempted to speak with the two other students identified in the e-mail.

CNN is not naming the students mentioned in the e-mail because none of them has been named a suspect in the death of Johnson.

Lowndes County sheriff's investigators concluded Johnson got stuck while reaching for a shoe at the center of the mat and that his death was accidental. The state's medical examiner agreed, citing "positional asphyxia" as the cause of death.

Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson believe their son was beaten to death and officials are "covering up a murder." An independent pathologist, hired by Johnson's parents, concluded Johnson's death was the result of a homicide after finding evidence of "unexplained apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma" to Johnson's neck.

"If anybody has any information of a different opinion that they can provide to us, we're certainly open to looking at that. We're not closed-minded on this," Lt. Stryde Jones, supervisor of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office's Investigative Division told CNN in May.

The sheriff's office has received many public comments regarding Johnson's death since it closed its case on May 2. The grand jury subpoena is the first document provided to CNN that suggests the department has acted on any of those public comments.

"Although our case has been closed, if evidence comes forward, specifically testimony, then we're open to hearing that and certainly we'll act accordingly," Lt. Jones said.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Bradfield Shealy issued the subpoena to Mediacom Communications Corporation on January 28. The New York-based cable, phone and Internet provider was ordered to provide the Lowndes County grand jury with subscriber information associated with the e-mail sent through the Lowndes County sheriff's office's website or submit the documents to the district attorney's office or Lt. Jones before February 26.

According to a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office incident report, the subpoena was faxed to Mediacom on February 7. The company intends to comply with the order. However, a Mediacom employee told CNN by phone Wednesday that Mediacom has not received the subpoena.

Last week, students from Lowndes High School and nearby Valdosta High School were among those who appeared before a federal grand jury in Macon, as part of the Department of Justice's investigation into Johnson's death. The U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael Moore, launched the federal probe October 31.



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Parents Of Teen Found Dead in Gym Mat File Lawsuit Against Funeral Home

February 6, 2014 | Filed under: News | Posted by: daphne RBy Daphne R

Troubles continue for the grieving family of the Georgia teen who was found dead in a gym mat a year ago, Kendrick Johnson. Still awaiting answers to what actually caused the teen’s death, the Johnson family has now filed a lawsuit against the funeral home which handled his remains. In the lawsuit, the parents allege that Harrington Funeral Home in Valdosta, Georgia mishandled their son Kendrick’s remains, citing negligence and fraud.

Johnson’s parents believe that the funeral home intentionally played a part in the disappearance of their son’s internal organs which were discovered missing during a second autopsy that the family ordered to dispel the state examiner’s initial findings. Kendrick’s organs had been removed and replaced with newspaper according to the Johnson family.

According to the funeral home’s attorney, Roy Copeland, their clients had not been served as of Wednesday. However, in the amended lawsuit which was initially filed on January 31, the family of the deceased alleges that the funeral home disposed of the organs to aid in a cover up and prevent them from finding the real cause of death.

The court documents state that, “This lawsuit challenges the morally despicable, fraudulent, unlawful and unfair business practices” of Harrington Funeral Home and that the owner, Antonio Harrington, “intentionally, willfully and secretly” disposed of the organs.

Officials at the Lowndes County Sherriff’s Department continue to stand by the results of the initial autopsy which claims that Kendrick Johnson died by accident, reaching for his gym shoes. It alleges that he fell from atop the bleachers into a rolled up gym mat where he became trapped, suffocated and died.

According to CNN, who thoroughly examined the court documents and police report in this case, investigators talked to a total of 111 people regarding the incident.

In court, the Johnson family argued for a chance to have their son’s body exhumed for a second autopsy. A judge approved their request to have a second autopsy done at their own expense. The examiner of the second autopsy, despite finding that Kendrick’s organs were missing, was still able to determine the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the right neck and soft tissue which would have occurred by an inflicted injury, challenging the findings of the initial autopsy claiming it as an accidental death.

The Johnson family believes that the funeral home tried to interfere with the investigation by disposing of their son’s internal organs, however, an investigation by the state board found nothing unlawful in the handling of their son’s remains. Now, the family will have to await their day in court to see what a judge says in the matter.

According to CNN’s Victor Blackwell, the parents claim they’re doing this to prevent something like this  from ever happening again at a funeral home and they want the jury to deliver a guilty verdict and strong punishment.
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Originally posted by LilMissSunshine LilMissSunshine wrote:

The first time I saw the photo I thought he was beaten to death and never once believed the rolled up mat story. Supposedly he got into a heated argument with the sheriff's son the day before he went missing.


It's possible grown men did it and not kids. Theory: son goes home and tells dad about the situation. I mean, sounds like sheriff wanted to send a message about people messing with his son. 

This one guy from where I'm from knocked a pro football player out in a club, let's just say he turned up dead the next day. It wasn't the player who did it...I'm sure they have people who handle these type of matters...it is like there is a reputation to protect..ish is real. It is foul, but this is politics. Please believe if some girl slaps one of the president's kids...she isn't getting just a slap on the wrist. It's unfortunate


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I can't help but think they will sweep this under the rug.  Cry
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Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

My question is... since when does asphyxiation make the face look like that?

That photo reminds me of Emmett Till
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(CNN) -- The FBI was expected Thursday to seize the original hard drives from the surveillance system at Lowndes High School, where 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat earlier this year, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation surrounding the hard drives.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore issued a grand jury subpoena to seize the hard drives, the source said.

Kendrick Johnson's family waited months for hundreds of hours of surveillance video, hoping it would yield answers about their son's January death, but they were disappointed to learn that the four cameras inside the Valdosta, Georgia, gymnasium showed only a few collective seconds of Johnson, jogging. The camera fixed on the gym mats was blurry.

The Johnsons' attorneys were not shy in stating their suspicion that someone could have tampered with the videos.

Attorney Chevene King has questioned why time codes weren't shown in the videos.

"We don't have any time code with which to synchronize the events that are shown in the video. ... Either the cameras did this on their own or a human being interacted to make these cameras do these things," King said.

Lowndes County Schools insisted last month that the video it provided to the family and CNN is "a raw feed with no edits," and the county sheriff's office, which asserts Johnson accidentally died while reaching for a shoe in one of the mats, says it didn't edit any files, according to their lawyers.






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CNN, which filed suit to secure access to the video, hired forensic video analyst Grant Fredericks to analyze more than 290 hours of material from all 35 cameras inside and outside of the gym. Fredericks is a U.S. Justice Department consultant and contract instructor for the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

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CNN also provided Fredericks and his company, the Spokane, Washington-based Forensic Video Solutions, with hundreds more hours of video from 31 cameras in other parts of Lowndes High School.

Fredericks quickly knocked down most of the Johnsons' concerns -- they're all easily explained, he said -- but his examination raised what could be another mystery: at least an hour of missing video from all four cameras inside the gym.

Fredericks told CNN he found that "highly suspicious," especially considering how the material was acquired by police.

CNN has requested access to the original surveillance servers, which has not yet been granted. But Fredericks cautioned that the video could be gone, as newer surveillance would replace it if it wasn't recovered promptly from the school's digital video recorder.

The files given to him by CNN are not original, Fredericks has said. "They're not something investigators should rely on for the truth of the video."

The analyst added: "The investigator's responsibility is to acquire the entire digital video recording system and have their staff define what they want to obtain."

Coroner slams handling of Kendrick Johnson case

Authorities have said they didn't receive a copy of the videos until several days after Johnson's body was found, according to an unredacted report obtained by CNN after a legal process.

According to an incident report from the sheriff's office, a detective watched a portion of the video, then asked an information technology officer employed by the school board to produce a "copy of the surveillance video for the entire wing of the school with the old gym for the last 48 hours."

Five days later, the sheriff's report says, the IT officer delivered a hard drive to the detective, who verified it contained what he requested.

"Right now, what they've done, is they've left it up to the school district as to what it is they want to provide to the police, and I think that probably is a mistake," Fredericks said.

"You don't want somebody who might be party to the responsibility to make the decision as to what they provide the police."

Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick Johnson's mother, said of the case, "We're going to fight until it's all over, until we get the truth."

Federal prosecutor will look into Kendrick Johnson case
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Like...straight out of a movie! FOH! I can't stand when people try to play with my intelligence when it comes to everyday things. So I cannot imagine for the life of me what kind of rampage I would be on if it had anything to do with my child/the death of my child. My god...smfh

Originally posted by OrriannaRose OrriannaRose wrote:

Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

even the paramedics thought it was a crime scene.  i wonder whose son is being protected that so many people are willing to ignore evidence.

Supposedly the sheriff's.
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