Prosecutor to investigate Kendrick Johnson's death - FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston

Prosecutor to investigate Kendrick Johnson's death

Posted: Updated:
Kendrick Johnson (photo from WAGA file) Kendrick Johnson (photo from WAGA file)

A federal prosecutor announced plans to investigate the death of Kendrick Johnson, a Valdosta teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym earlier this year.  

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore held a press conference at his Macon office on Thursday to make the announcement.  He asked that anyone with facts "not opinion" about the death of Johnson should call his office.  He did not take questions from reporters.

Johnson, 17, was found on Jan. 11 inside an upright wrestling mat that was propped up behind the bleachers in the gym.  The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office ruled that Johnson fell into the gym mat in search of a shoe and died of accidental positional asphyxiation.   

Johnson's family has insisted someone must have killed him. A second autopsy performed by a doctor that the family hired seems to support the idea that the death may not have been an accident.

On Wednesday, a judge ordered authorities to release all surveillance video in the case.  Four cameras captured more than 19 hours of footage, but only a few clips have been released to the media. None of the released clips show standing gym mats or the moment Johnson ended up in one.

The federal government does not have jurisdiction over the case. After the review, a recommendation will likely be issued.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Elementary student walks home alone

    Elementary student walks home alone

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:03:31 GMT
    Mona Anderson tells us her 7 year old son, Matthew Thomas, walked almost half a mile home, through six lanes of heavy traffic and several dangerous intersections. He was on bus route 2050a which drops him off at Fondren Middle School, but after the bus driver continued on with her route and left the little boy alone, he tells us he became scared and just started walking home. The family member who was supposed to pick him up was here but at a different drop off point, and due to the release o...
    Mona Anderson tells us her 7 year old son, Matthew Thomas, walked almost half a mile home, through six lanes of heavy traffic and several dangerous intersections. He was on bus route 2050a which drops him off at Fondren Middle School, but after the bus driver continued on with her route and left the little boy alone, he tells us he became scared and just started walking home. The family member who was supposed to pick him up was here but at a different drop off point, and due to the release o...
  • Fox 26 finds pet sellers blatantly breaking the law at Flea Market

    Fox 26 finds pet sellers blatantly breaking the law at Flea Market

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:00:45 GMT
    It's a crime committed every weekend at flea markets all over town.People selling puppies and other pets even though state law prohibits it.Randy Wallace has this only on Fox report.
    It's a crime committed every weekend at flea markets all over town.People selling puppies and other pets even though state law prohibits it.Randy Wallace has this only on Fox report.
  • 9 Year old shoots, kills instructor

    9 Year old shoots, kills instructor

Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices