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Post by Nan11 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:24 pm



A DEATH IN VALDOSTA

Grantland | New Developments in the Case of Kendrick Johnson

By Jordan Conn on October 10, 2013 5:08 PM ET

"This morning, Kenneth Johnson walked to the empty bedroom in his home, knelt down, and kissed a picture of his son. If he were still alive, today would have been Kendrick Johnson’s 18th birthday."

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Read more:  http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/77740/new-developments-in-the-case-of-kendrick-johnson


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Post by Nan11 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:30 pm

CNN | Family demands answers in Kendrick Johnson's death



Editor's note: There have been new developments in the Kendrick Johnson case, as of October 10. A former FBI agent is questioning if the teen's death was an accident, saying photos from the scene suggest foul play. CNN also learned Johnson's body was stuffed with newspaper before burial.

(CNN) -- Bearing the loss of a child is unimaginable to most.

What's even more unimaginable for the Johnsons of Valdosta, Georgia, is how their 17-year-old son died: by suffocating after falling headfirst into a rolled-up gym mat at his high school on January 11.


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Post by Nan11 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:36 pm

HLN | Kendrick Johnson case: Shocking evidence photos

By HLN After Dark Staff | updated 7:35 PM EDT, Thu October 10, 2013

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Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in Georgia. The original autopsy report ruled Johnson's death an accident, stating that the teen suffocated after getting stuck in a gym mat while reaching for a sneaker. However, Johnson's parents weren't convinced it was an accident, and they got a court order to have their son's body exhumed. The second autopsy report showed the teen's death was not an accident and introduced the possibility of foul play, stating that Johnson had sustained "non-accidental, blunt force trauma." And that wasn't all: The pathologist discovered even more horrific details.

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Post by Nan11 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:41 pm

Mail Online | Blood streaks, an abandoned sneaker and more grisly scene pictures suggest 17-year-old athlete found dead in wrestling mat may have been murdered

By Daily Mail Reporter | PUBLISHED:20:41 GMT, 9 October 2013 | UPDATED: 21:41 GMT, 9 October 2013

"A former FBI agent has claimed the death of a young athlete whose body was discovered in a rolled up gym mat was a result of foul play, as newly-obtained video and grisly photos from the scene have emerged.

Authorities ruled Kendrick Johnson's January death an accident after state medical examiners said he tragically suffocated after getting stuck in the wrestling mat while reaching for a sneaker.

But federal agent-turned private investigator Harold Copus believes something more sinister happened in the gym that day and his family are convinced the out-going teen was murdered.

'Someone murdered him,' Kendrick's father Kenneth Johnson said. 'They should be in jail.'"


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Post by Nan11 on Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:43 am

This video is embeddable, but it one of those that begin to play immediately upon opening the page so I have chosen to add only the direct link.
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Savanna Now | VIDEO: Body of Valdosta teen found dead, missing organs in mat stuffed with newspaper

Posted: October 14, 2013 - 5:04am  |  Updated: October 14, 2013 - 5:34am

Direct link to video:  http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=90611&sitesection=savannah&VID=25243895

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a Valdosta teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at school said Thursday that they have a new reason to suspect signs of foul play were covered by investigators — their son was buried without his internal organs.

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Post by Nan11 on Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:51 am

There are videos at this link.  Due to a problem on my end, I am unable to watch them so I can't get to the link to embed.  The article is very good, though.
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11 Alive | Kendrick Johnson's parents talk to 11Alive
9:10 AM, Oct 14, 2013

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But a second autopsy ordered by Kendrick's parents determined he was killed by blunt force trauma to the neck. Attorney King said an EMT at the scene noticed a neck injury on the teen's body.

"We've got a wealth of evidence that requires that this case be reopened," King said.

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Videotape from inside the gym could reveal exactly how Kendrick died. Kenneth Johnson is pleaded with the sheriff's department to release the tape.


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Post by CuriousPortlander on Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:47 pm


School attorney: Others in surveillance footage in gym mat death case

By Victor Blackwell and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
updated 10:57 AM EDT, Sat October 19, 2013


(CNN) -- Surveillance footage shows other minors inside a Georgia high school gym at about the same time authorities say Kendrick Johnson suffocated in a rolled-up mat while reaching for a sneaker, an attorney for the school told CNN on Friday.



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Post by One Wonders on Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:59 pm

This is terrible. I hope this boys family finds justice as I think he was murdered as well.
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Re: Kendrick Johnson; 17 years old; Found Deceased in a Rolled-Up Gym Mat on January 11, 2013; South Georgia

Post by Freckles on Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:10 pm

Was Kendrick being scouted for scholarships?
Could a fellow student/parents of have felt he was a threat to another student getting a specific scholarship?
Have the "bullies" or gangs in the school been checked out?
Could this have involved more than one student, ie a few others, and what do the school personnel know of the bully/gang hierarchy in the school?
Was he asked to "throw" a competition and refused to do so?

This young man appears to be sober and intelligent in all the pics.
He does not appear to be "rowdy" or a trouble maker.
Someone intentionally did him in.
Did Kendrick know something about someone at the school and they threatened him with silence?
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Post by Freckles on Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:22 pm

From above link provided by NAN
Oct 14th, 2013


http://dining.savannahnow.com/news/2013-10-14/video-body-valdosta-teen-found-dead-missing-organs-rolled-wrestling-mat-stuffed

" ... Johnson's family said Anderson also revealed that most of his internal organs were missing and the body cavity was filled with newspaper.

GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said Thursday that the agency's policy is to return all organs to bodies after autopsies. That's what happened in Johnson's case, she said.

"Those organs were in the body when we sent it back to the funeral home," said Lang, who added that the GBI stands by the conclusions of its autopsy that found no foul play involved.

But Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson said many of Johnson's organs were deemed too badly decomposed to be preserved and had to be disposed of before the body was sent to the funeral home. "It would've been during or immediately after the autopsy," he said.

Harrington Funeral Home in Valdosta, which handled Johnson's body, referred calls to attorney Roy Copeland. He said Johnson's organs were missing when the body arrived at Harrington. He also said standard embalming practice is to fill empty space in body cavities with material such as sawdust or cotton.

"Is newspaper necessarily more indicting that sawdust or cotton?" Copeland said.

Medical examiners commonly remove internal organs during forensic autopsies. After autopsies, those organs are typically sealed in a plastic bag and placed back in the body, said Vernie Fountain, who runs an embalming school in Springfield, Mo. When organs are missing, such as in cases involving organ donors, space inside the body cavity often is filled with an absorbent, preservative powder, Fountain said. Sometimes cotton is used with powder.

"I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who told me they've used old newspapers," Fountain said. "There may not be any law that prohibits it. I don't know. But it's just not something that's within what I would consider acceptable standards....."

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I am curious as to the date and the publication name of the newspapers. That could lead to WHO placed them in the body.
IF the coroner had the body on say the first and the funeral home had the body on the second, and the newspapers were dated the second or after the first, they would then be the culprits. As for the missing organs: Due to most regional health codes, they organs would be kept with the body for health reasons, specially as they had begun to decay and putrefy.
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Post by Freckles on Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:28 pm

From above link:
http://dining.savannahnow.com/news/2013-10-14/video-body-valdosta-teen-found-dead-missing-organs-rolled-wrestling-mat-stuffed

--There were FOUR cameras  in the gym!!!
--Cameras in the gym show MORE STUDENTS THAN just Kendrick were in the gym. And from the other vids I have seen, it is apparent Kendrick was present with other STUDENTS in the plural...
---Was this a gym class ? Did he have gym at that time?
  Class schedule would help....
---Was there a TEACHER present and shown in the camera vid?
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:11 pm


Kendrick Johnson's family fights for answers on two fronts

6:17 PM, Oct 22, 2013

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Tuesday, legal paperwork was filed asking a judge to require the county coroner along with a jury of six to review all the evidence in the teen's death.

The official finding is accidental, but the family had a second autopsy done which concluded foul play was likely involved.

Another battle is being fought to have the school district and the sheriff's office release what security cameras captured inside the gym on January 10.

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A hearing on releasing  surveillance tape is set for later this month.  A judge has thirty days to schedule a hearing on the request for a coroners inquest.  
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:32 pm


Family Of Kendrick Johnson Sues Sheriff And Coroner

Updated: Wed 1:10 AM, Oct 23, 2013


Valdosta, GA - The Johnson family's lawyers have announced they will be suing the Lowndes County Sheriff and the Coroner.

Kendrick Johnson's grandmother said, "No matter what it is we want the truth to come out." Demanding the truth Kendrick Johnson's family has now filed lawsuits against both the Coroner of Lowndes County, Bill Watson and the Sheriff of the County Chris Prine saying they have a right to know how investigators determined Kendrick Johnson's death was an accident.

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:35 pm

I'm glad they decided to file a lawsuit, I hope they get the results that they are expecting by doing that.

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Post by CuriousPortlander on Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:12 pm


Kendrick Johnson's parents wage public war for answers

Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY 9:06 a.m. EDT October 26, 2013

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Tuesday, in the latest development in the case, Kendrick's parents petitioned a Georgia judge to order a coroner's inquest into their son's death.

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Crump added that several other factors make Kendrick's death suspicious. Police officers likely contaminated the scene after finding the teen's body, Kendrick's clothes from the day he died are missing and the teen's finger nails were cut after death but now those clippings are gone, Crump said.
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Re: Kendrick Johnson; 17 years old; Found Deceased in a Rolled-Up Gym Mat on January 11, 2013; South Georgia

Post by Gizmo711 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:34 am

It goes against the law of common. The mat could have been easily turned over for Kendrick to reach his shoes. There would have been no need nor sense for him to crawl between a rolled up mat to retrieve anything.

I believe he was rolled up after death to hide the body for as long as possible. This is no accident.

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Post by Gizmo711 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:36 am

Freckles wrote:Was Kendrick being scouted for scholarships?
Could a fellow student/parents of have felt he was a threat to another student getting a specific scholarship?
Have the "bullies" or gangs in the school been checked out?
Could this have involved more than one student, ie a few others, and what do the school personnel know of the bully/gang hierarchy in the school?
Was he asked to "throw" a competition and refused to do so?

This young man appears to be sober and intelligent in all the pics.
He does not appear to be "rowdy" or a trouble maker.
Someone intentionally did him in.
Did Kendrick know something about someone at the school and they threatened him with silence?

All your theories sound plausible and more likely to have occurred than this being an accident.

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Post by CuriousPortlander on Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:21 pm


“Breaking News” Attorney Crump Gives Us Update on Death Of Kendrick Johnson

October 28, 2013 10:58 AM

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Attorney Kings explains in the year 2011 Kendrick Johnson was involved in some sort of foul play with another young white male that attended the same school as Johnson. They got into an altercation or a fight and Johnson perhaps won the fight. The young white boy family then invites Johnson to their home to fight again but Johnson never came, no one has spoken to the family since. After that incident Kendrick was killed. This information was sent to the Sheriff department in Valdosta ga and is in the Sheriff’s investigative reports.

Attorney King gives us more insight on this investigation the young white boy parents are members of the law enforcement, his father is a police official and perhaps his mother is as well. So far no one has detected this information has any connection to Kendrick’s death but this is an alert for more investigation. Attorney King ask us as listeners’ to be proactive and fight for this case keep up with this story , please contact the Governor ‘s office.
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Post by sitemama on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:13 pm

FYI: I discussed this topic with my grandson, granddaughter, her boyfriend and his twin brother. They have all been wrestlers at school (Dakota, the girl, only one year however). They said there is no way Kendrick could have gotten out of that rolled mat by himself, if he fell in head first. Actually, they felt like he may have been hit over the head, knocked out, and then rolled up in the mat afterwards.

The BF actually said he and some other team mates rolled his brother up in a mat one time. Those mats are foam, and covered plastic. Before they even got the mat rolled up completely, brother was trying to tell them that he could not get his breathe, so they unrolled him.

My Dylan, said he didn't think Kendrick would have lasted very long in that mat before passing out from lack of oxygen, then death.

I certainly hope they keep investigating this case, especially after the latest info that has come out. Maybe this black kid was going to get a scholarship that the white boy's family thought he should get. And if they did anything to this black kid, and being law officers, I hope they throw the book at all of them.

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Post by Freckles on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:47 pm

From above link shared by CP:
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/10/28/breaking-news-attorney-crump-gives-us-update-on-death-of-kendrick-johnson/

"... In addition “Breaking News “ Attorney Crump gives us exclusive insight on Kendrick Johnson being a star athlete and him dating a white girl.... "
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:20 pm



@sitemama
- Thanks for sharing that information!  Helps me understand those mats better.  
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:21 pm

Freckles wrote:From above link shared by CP:
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/10/28/breaking-news-attorney-crump-gives-us-update-on-death-of-kendrick-johnson/

"... In addition “Breaking News “ Attorney Crump gives us exclusive insight on Kendrick Johnson being a star athlete and him dating a white girl.... "
Thanks for posting that, Freckles.  I meant to grab that paragraph, but missed it in my haste.

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Post by Freckles on Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:47 am

CP=
Speaking with one of my sons who wrestled in hs.
He said the mats could easily suffocate someone IF they were jammed in head first. He said they used to horse around during class and periodically someone would get stuffed in. Classmates would haul the student out when they complained of not being able to breathe. Being upside down, in tight quarters, and surrounded by the plastic made it very conducive to not being able to breathe.

Despite this, I don't buy this being some sort of harmless prank or the student going head first into a rolled mat to retrieve his shoes.

I want to see what the OTHER THREE cameras recorded...
More details are emerging showing what the young man was encountering in his social life and I think that info is very valuable.

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Post by CuriousPortlander on Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:44 pm


Kendrick Johnson Update: Judge orders release of school video in Ga. teen's gym mat death

October 30, 2013 3:43 PM

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(CBS/AP) SAVANNAH, Ga. - A south Georgia judge has ordered authorities to release all surveillance video that investigators reviewed in the death of Kendrick Johnson, a Valdosta, Ga. teen who was found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym.
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:17 pm

Nancy Grace‏@NancyGraceHLN -  31 Oct

This teen’s organs were missing & his body cavity was stuffed w/newspaper #KendrickJohnson

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:34 pm

Video released in mysterious death of Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson leaves questions unanswered

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By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News

Surveillance video taken at a Georgia high school where a student was found dead, rolled up in a gym mat, was released on Wednesday — but it doesn't appear to show the fateful moment.

A judge ordered that the recordings be released after his parents had requested the action in an effort to learn more about how their son, Kendrick Johnson, died.

One part of the newly released footage shows Johnson walking into the gym and onto the basketball court where other people are playing. The publicly released video does not show Johnson's death or anything leading up to it. Hours of additional footage may came from cameras inside and outside the gym.

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:41 pm

Kendrick Johnson Update: U.S. Attorney to reopen investigation into Ga. teen's gym mat death

October 31, 2013 1:36 PM

By Stephanie Slifer

(CBS) MACON, Ga. - The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced Thursday that he is reopening the investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson, a Georgia teen who was found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym in January.

Federal prosecutor Michael Moore said he will conduct a "formal review" of Johnson's death with the help of the FBI. The announcement was made at a 1 p.m. news conference held at his office in Macon.

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A judge agreed in May to exhume Johnson's body, and the teen's parents hired a private pathologist to provide a second opinion.

The pathologist discovered Johnson's organs were missing and newspaper had been used to fill the body cavity. He also concluded the teenager died from blunt force trauma near his carotid artery and that the fatal blow appeared to be non-accidental.

Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing Johnson's family, told CBS News' Crimesider on Wednesday that the case is a "real-life murder mystery."

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Post by CuriousPortlander on Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:44 pm


New footage is released in the case of Kendrick Johnson

updated 9:00 AM EST, Thu November 7, 2013

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Valdosta, Georgia (CNN) -- New surveillance video released Wednesday in the case of a Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat raises more questions than it answers.

There were 36 cameras inside and outside the gym of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, where the body of Kendrick Johnson was discovered. The video was released as a result of legal action, filed by his family, that CNN joined.

Johnson's family suspects the 17-year-old was murdered and that someone has tried to cover up evidence in the case.

One clip shows Johnson in the gym. A second shows him walking in, then running out of the frame. In both videos, students suddenly appear.
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:09 pm


Coroner Says Probe Of Death In Gym Mat Was Botched

Coroner said the evidence was compromised during the initial investigation
Nov. 08, 2013

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The coroner investigating the death of the Georgia teen who died in a gym mat in January didn’t approve of the way the case was handled and said the evidence was compromised, according to newly released documents.

“I was not [notified of] this death until 15:45 hours,” Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson wrote in a Jan. 22 report, according to CNN. “The investigative climate was very poor to worse when I arrived on the scene. The body had been [noticeably] moved.”

The coroner also said “there was no cooperation from law enforcement at the scene.” A second, less critical report was also filed, though it was neither dated nor signed, CNN reports. It is not clear why there were two reports.
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Coroner slams handling of Kendrick Johnson case

updated 10:05 PM EST, Thu November 7, 2013

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Also Thursday, lawyers for Johnson's family raised questions about apparent discrepancies in newly released surveillance images, including missing time codes, gaps and a mysteriously blurry and out-of-position camera that should have been pointed right at the spot where authorities found Johnson's body some 10 months ago.

The surveillance images were provided by authorities after a judge ruled they must be released.

For instance, in one image, a man seen walking away from the gym in what appears to be an image captured late at night suddenly disappears from a series of images shot by a motion-activated camera. Other images shot at other times capture people walking in that same location, attorney Chevene King said.

New footage release in the case of Kendrick Johnson

In another example, King showed reporters images from a camera that he said should have shown the place where authorities say Johnson fell into a gym mat and suffocated. The image was blurry and out of position, he said.

While stopping short of directly accusing authorities of deliberately tampering with the evidence, King said problems with the surveillance are only the latest in a series of oddities that have drawn national attention to Johnson's death.
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Kendrick Johnson footage released; expert finds it 'highly suspicious'

updated 9:16 PM EST, Thu November 21, 2013

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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.

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 County High School.

..."Those files are not original files," Fredericks said. "They're not something investigators should rely on for the truth of the video."

..."(The surveillance video has) been altered in a number of ways, primarily in image quality and likely in dropped information, information loss," he said. "There are also a number of files that are corrupted because they've not been processed correctly and they're not playable. I can't say why they were done that way, but they were not done correctly, and they were not done thoroughly. So we're missing information."

Two cameras in the gym are missing an hour and five minutes, their hiatus ending at 1:09, when Johnson enters the gym. Another pair of cameras are missing two hours and 10 minutes each. They don't begin recording again until 1:15 and 1:16, according to their time stamps.
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Post by Freckles on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:22 pm

Some of these youtubes may be repeats.

A student describes discovering Kendrick Johnson's body
Nov 7 2013


Kendrick Johnson - Coroner tells CNN to 'destroy' interview
Oct 11 2013


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCBq55-aAso
Oct 10 2013
Warning! @00:28 Pic shows face with skin slippage of Kendrick.
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Post by Freckles on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:28 pm

UPDATE Kendrick Johnson Gym Footage Released
Nov 10 2013



UPDATE:
News is reporting the atty for the Johnson family is stating there is more than 1 1/2 hours of missing tape. Of the tape supplied, towards the middle, it appears other camera footage has been inserted that has NO time stamps on it unlike the bulk of the tapes given to them. When/if I can get documentation of statements, I will share.
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Post by Freckles on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:32 pm

This is the autopsy report.
There are pictures of Kendrick and it includes decomp.

Part I. Autopsy, Kendrick Johnson Exhumed June 14, 2013
Jun 15 2013


Links provided at the above site:
1. Plese, Please listen to this one: (Blogtalkradio.com): KENDRICK JOHNSON: You must hear this: a. start here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dan-zupa...

2. KENDRICK JOHNSON Autopsy prep. My You Tube Links and more
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1. Part I. June 14, 2013, Autopsy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00P5b...
2. Part II. June 14, 2013 KJ Autopsy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00P5b...
3. Part III. Kendrick Johnson Autopsy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKcu-...
4. California Street Talk: K.J. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QsBN...
5. Talk Radio (Audio Only on blogtalkradio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dan-zupa...

Second autopsy: Call in show with parents, attys


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Post by Freckles on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:37 pm

Video Released in Mysterious Death Of Georgia Teen Kendrick Johns
Oct 31 2013



IMO, these 4 teens in the hall are critical to determining the events.
When Kendrick walks past them, he seems to pull somewhat away, ie, makes himself smaller, as if he is uncomfortable near one of more of them. I have looked at a few of the released vids trying to see interaction between Kendrick and the "boys in red" but I have found  nothing. Zip.

This appears to be a bit fuller:
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Post by Freckles on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:48 pm

Fingernails/tips and the two notebooks seen :

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Evidence and argument

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Parents of Kendrick Johnson to take fight to Georgia Capitol

Posted: 6:03 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

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ATLANTA — A local church community plans to take its fight for answers in a Valdosta teenager's mysterious death to the Capitol steps this week.

..."We are not making any accusations, we are not making any recriminations. We are calling for an investigation," Jaqueline Johnson said.

Kendrick's parents said few words and only made one request.

"So I'm asking everybody to stand with us as we fight this fight to the get the truth for my son," Jaqueline said.

The Johnson's and supporters will gather Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol to make the plea to Gov. Nathan Deal for further investigation of this case.
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Family of Kendrick Johnson calls for investigation
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 4:19 PM PST Updated: Dec 11, 2013 2:46 PM PST

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ATLANTA - The family of Kendrick Johnson is asking for an investigation into the funeral home who handled their son's body.

...Paperwork filed on Tuesday with the Secretary of State asked that office to investigate what happened to Kendrick's missing organs, specifically targeting the funeral home that handled his body. They're also urging Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint an independent coroner as well as a new coroner's investigation to look into the evidence they say is missing from this case, such as Johnson's fingernails and his clothes. The family believes that these new probes will find their son's death was a murder that was covered up.

"Somebody knows what happened, and we're going to solve this murder mystery, one way or another," said Benjamin Crump, the family's attorney.

Read more: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24187232/kendrick-johnson-family-asks-for-investigation-of-funeral-home#axzz2nDNuK8Td
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Civil rights leaders call for justice in Kendrick Johnson death

12/11/13 05:00 PM—Updated 12/11/13 06:28 PM

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Kate Haygood, a spokeswoman with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, confirmed to msnbc that the office received the complaint Tuesday and that an investigation into the funeral home began before the complaint was received.

An attorney for the funeral home told CBS that the organs had been removed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation before the funeral home accepted Johnson’s body because of decomposition. A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that in “every single autopsy [conducted at the GBI], the internal organs are returned to the body cavity.”
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Original hard drives seized in Kendrick Johnson investigation

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VALDOSTA, Ga., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Surveillance videos from a Georgia high school where Kendrick Johnson was found dead have been subpoenaed in an ongoing investigation.

...U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore issued a subpoena for the school's original hard drives containing hundred of hours of surveillance footage.

Chevene King, the family's attorney, has questioned whether footage previously supplied by the school had been altered, alleging time codes weren't shown.
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Post by Freckles on Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:31 pm

Kendrick Johnson, 17: Gym mat death of Georgia teen still being questioned
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It was the morning of Jan. 11, 2013, at Lowndes High School, a sprawling campus attended by 3,000 students near the Georgia-Florida state line. Philip Pieplow's gym class was filling out a survey. Some students sat on the bleachers in the school gymnasium, while others climbed atop a cluster of 21 wrestling and cheerleading mats standing three-deep against a wall. The rolled-up mats stood just over 6 feet high, each measuring nearly 3 feet across. Soon students who had clambered on top of them began yelling for help. A pair of feet clad in socks could be seen inside the center hole of one mat.

"I reached (and) grabbed one of his ankles hoping for a response," Pieplow said in a written statement included in the investigative file on Kendrick's death. "There was none, and I knew he was lifeless at that point."

Students began calling 911 and, within minutes, police and paramedics arrived.

At the same time, Jacquelyn Johnson was at the school asking if her son had shown up for class, guidance counselor Dana Hutchinson later told investigators. Kendrick hadn't come home the night before.

The youngest of four children, Kendrick grew up in Valdosta, one of the largest cities in rural south Georgia. His grandmother affectionately called him her "peculiar grandchild," because he tended to be quieter than his brothers and sisters. Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/Kendrick-Johnson-17-Gym-mat-death-of-Georgia-teen-still-being-questioned#ixzz2pYuFLgb6 wrote:


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Post by Freckles on Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:37 pm

Lowndes High School has dozens of security cameras watching over its hallways, entrances and parking lots. Four motion-activated cameras are posted in the gym where Kendrick was last spotted on Jan. 10, 2013. Surveillance footage shows him entering the gym shortly after 1 p.m. and walking toward the far corner where the mats were stored. It doesn't capture him leaving, and Kendrick never showed up for his fourth-period weight training class. Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/Kendrick-Johnson-17-Gym-mat-death-of-Georgia-teen-still-being-questioned#ixzz2pYvmNbJE wrote:

Three students told deputies that some classmates kept gym shoes stashed behind or beneath the gym mats, especially if they didn't rent school lockers. One said he and Kendrick shared a pair of Adidas shoes and that after class the student always would "go to the mats, jump up and toss the shoes inside the middle of the hole." When Kendrick was found, the Nike shoes he'd worn to school were tucked behind his legs inside the mat. A science textbook and a folder containing his class schedule and latest report card lay on the floor near the mats. Also on the floor was an Adidas shoe. Deputies found its match pinned beneath Kendrick's arm and head. Medical Examiner Maryanne Gaffney-Kraft found no wounds except for a scrape on the back of Kendrick's right wrist and three small injuries on his right pinky. She determined he died accidentally from "positional asphyxia," meaning his body was stuck in a position that prevented him from breathing. Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/Kendrick-Johnson-17-Gym-mat-death-of-Georgia-teen-still-being-questioned#ixzz2pYvNwiEo wrote:
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Feds, family seek answers a year after Kendrick Johnson's death

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(CNN) -- Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson still spend their days outside the Lowndes County Courthouse in Georgia, standing vigil for their son, Kendrick, whose mysterious death a year ago poses many questions in their minds.

..."They know something happened in that gym and they don't want it to come out," Kenneth Johnson said.

Federal authorities, too, have their doubts about the original investigation's findings. CNN has learned that the FBI has been in South Georgia conducting interviews, and the Johnsons recently spent almost three hours with investigators at an FBI field office in Thomasville, an hour west of their hometown.
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Family Of Kendrick Johnson Honor Son One Year After Curious Death

Jan 13, 2014



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Crump and the family is also fighting for an independent coroner to examine the findings, thus allowing for a transparency that has yet to occur in the case. Crump believes that using the independent coroner’s investigation will allow the family to highlight the various inconsistencies they claim plague the case. There is also hope that with the independent survey of the case that the public will demand a full and impartial investigation in to the happenings without any political barriers.

The Johnson family has been blocked by the judge in the case regarding the coroner’s requests since the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation began late last year. Crump, speaking on behalf of the family, said that the family just wants to see some manner of traction in the case and feels as if all parties on the other side have little cause to rush.

...Over the weekend, the family and supporters gathered in Valdosta for a memorial event for Kendrick Johnson. The “K.J. Memorial Rally” was attended by Sybrina Fulton, the Mother of Trayvon Martin, in a show of support of the Johnson family.
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Post by Freckles on Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:26 pm

Memorial page

Note: there are pics and stories here not seen or published by media.
In particular, look at the pic of the "damaged" fingers with the blood.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/KENDRICK-JOHNSON-MEMORIAL/350217198455813
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Stuffing Kendrick Johnson’s Body With Newspaper Not Illegal, Report Rules

Jan 20, 2014

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The family of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta filed a complaint with the Georgia Board of Funeral Service last year after newspaper was found in the place of his missing organs when the body was exhumed for a second autopsy. Johnson’s parents, who are fighting to have their son’s death declared a homicide after authorities concluded it was a freak accident, said they were outraged and found the funeral home’s use of newspapers to be disrespectful.

Attorneys for the Johnson family released a letter from the board saying it found Harrington Funeral Home broke no state law. However, the board also noted that using newspaper to fill a body cavity is not considered a “best practice” and that other materials are “more acceptable than newspaper,” The Valdosta Daily Times reported Saturday.
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:24 am

Parents criticize state absolution of funeral home that stuffed Valdosta teen’s body with newspapers

Updated: 6:23 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 | Posted: 6:22 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

By Christian Boone

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


An attorney for the parents of a Valdosta teenager found dead inside a rolled up gym mat last January said state regulators missed the point when they concluded the funeral home that handled Kendrick Johnson’s body broke no laws when workers stuffed it with newspapers.

“It’s not that his organs were replaced with paper,” Johnson family co-counsel Chevene King told reporters Monday. “It’s that his organs were missing.”

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Post by Freckles on Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:47 pm

Wouldn't the coroner or the ME have their reports of the description of the organs at the time the body was autopsied? Perhaps, photographs?

I must wonder if there was damage to any of the organs, ie, liver damage showing toxicity, kidney damage showing bruising caused by blows, ruptured throat, etc.

Of interest: IF the body had remained rolled up in this mat for a period of time, would there not have been body fluids leaking out on to the gym floor?
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:48 pm

Freckles wrote:Wouldn't the coroner or the ME have their reports of the description of the organs at the time the body was autopsied? Perhaps, photographs?

I must wonder if there was damage to any of the organs, ie, liver damage showing toxicity, kidney damage showing bruising caused by blows, ruptured throat, etc.

Of interest: IF the body had remained rolled up in this mat for a period of time, would there not have been body fluids leaking out on to the gym floor?  

According to the article I posted above:

"It’s still unclear what happened to Johnson’s internal organs after the GBI autopsy. The GBI has said it returned the organs to the body before sending it to the funeral home. But the funeral home has said the organs were missing when the body arrived. Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson has said many of Johnson’s organs were deemed too badly decomposed to be preserved and had to be disposed of before the body was embalmed."

http://newsone.com/2843530/kendrick-johnson-newspaper/

That picture of his face that was posted a few pages back (which still haunts me) showed horrifying decomposition, so I suppose what they said could be true, but I'm not sure I buy it. You said what I've been thinking; that they showed something that someone is trying to hide.
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