Decision Delayed On Inquest In Ga. Teen’s Death

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys say a Georgia Superior Court judge told them he wants to know what federal authorities discover before deciding whether to order a coroner’s inquest into the death of a Valdosta teenager found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at school.

Benjamin Crump, attorney for the family of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, and Jim Elliott, lawyer for the Lowndes County coroner, say Judge Harry J. Altman told them Wednesday he won’t rule until the U.S. attorney’s office in Macon completes a review launched last week. Elliott said he expects the judge to file a formal order Thursday.

Sheriff’s investigators decided Johnson died in a freak accident after getting stuck inside upside down inside the mat. Johnson’s parents suspect someone killed him.

Crump says he plans to appeal the judge’s decision to wait.

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