VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP/WAOK) — The attorneys representing the parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat are crying foul after officials released hours of surveillance camera footage in the case.
The body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta was found Jan. 11, and sheriff’s investigators concluded he died in a freak accident. Johnson’s parents insist someone killed him after a second autopsy showed the teen died from a blow to the neck.
At a news conference Thursday, Johnson family attorney Chevene King Jr. had questions about a lack of time codes and blurry footage from the one camera that showed the area in the gym where Johnson was found dead. King questioned the credibility of the video footage released this week.
Attorney Benjamin Crump who also represents the family told reporters, “We believe that the tape is proof that there is some conspiracy to conceal the truth from this family and the public as to who killed Kendrick Johnson.”
A judge has delayed ordering a coroner’s inquest pending the outcome of a federal review into the investigation of Johnson’s death.