SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead in his school gymnasium are asking federal authorities to investigate after a new autopsy concluded the boy died from a blow to the neck.
Lowndes County sheriff’s detectives closed their investigation months ago into the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, whose body was found Jan. 11 upside down inside a rolled up wrestling mat. Detectives and a state medical examiner concluded Johnson died accidentally after he fell inside the mat, got stuck and was unable to breathe.
Johnson’s parents had a new autopsy performed by a private pathologist, who concluded last month Johnson died from blunt trauma to his neck near the carotid artery.
Attorney Chevene (sheh-VEEN) King said Wednesday the teenager’s parents want the Justice Department to reopen the case.