The following CNN crime news video is about the death of Kendrick Johnson. His school says that Johnson died of an accident. But family members and some people familiar with the case are finding the facts and circumstances to be suspicious. They wonder if someone killed Kendrick and want a full investigation. This video was added to the CNN website on May 10, 2013.
This incident occurred in Lowndes County, Georgia, and Kendrick was a student at Lowndes High School.
Kendrick Johnson was found upside down in one of those rolled-up cheerleading mats. Police think the victim went to reach for a shoe and got stuck in the mat.
Coroner Bill Watson says he was not called to the scene in a timely fashion. But looking at the physical evidence, he didn’t find anything that looked suspicious to him. Stryde Jones, who is with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, says the coroner was notified as soon as authorities got to Kendrick Johnson’s body. But the explanation that it was a timely process to get to a body in a cheerleading mat sounds odd. Anyone who has used those kinds of mats knows that they can be rolled out in seconds. Is he actually trying to say they had to cut through the mat to get to a body? Cause it doesn’t take hours to unroll a mat. More like seconds. This explanation needs a lot more explaining. However, maybe he meant something else. The segment with Jones’s interview was way too short to provide an unambiguous explanation.
Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson are the parents. They were interviewed for this story and say that the official story just doesn’t make sense. And Kendrick’s face looked distorted. It doesn’t seem like that would happen. Also, dad Kenneth says he tried to get in the mat and couldn’t get past his neck to get inside the hole.
But the sheriff, including by use of a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, says they looked at all alternatives and determined that Kendrick accidentally smothered to death.
The only thing suspicious I see here is the shape of the victim’s face. But that is something that might happen if you get your head stuck in a small space and can’t breathe. I don’t really know the answer to this, and it is the part of this story that should have been explored more. Is there a medical explanation for that facial distortion?
There are rallies taking place in Valdosta on a regular basis. But at this point, there are lots of accusations but no real evidence of foul play other than that face theory described above. And if those are injuries caused by a beating, then where is the swelling? It seems there should have been swelling if Kendrick was beaten.