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Feds Will Review Teen's Gym Mat Death

Feds Will Review Teen's Gym Mat Death
Posted October 31st, 2013 @ 11:48am by KFBK News

A federal prosecutor is going to conduct a review in the case of a Georgia teen found rolled inside a wrestling mat at a high school gym in January.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said on Thursday that he thinks a criminal investigation is necessary in the death of Kendrick Johnson, and that the FBI will conduct it. This announcement was made just one day after a judge ordered authorities to release all surveillance video associated with the case, at the request of the teen’s family.

Johnson, 17, has been the center of a public battle between his parents and authorities since Lowndes County sheriff's investigators concluded Johnson died in a freak accident. 

Investigators say the teen suffocated in Valdosta, Ga., while reaching for his sneaker.

But his family says otherwise. They believe that he was murdered.

Kendrick's body was exhumed for a second autopsy. The private pathologist found that some of his organs were missing and that newspaper had been used to fill his body.

The pathologist ruled that Kendrick died of non-accidental blunt force trauma.

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