Prosecutor to investigate Kendrick Johnson's death - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | 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.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • #IMREADY Fulton storm spotter training

    #IMREADY Fulton storm spotter training

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:03:42 GMT
    Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency is inviting residents to become trained storm spotters.The AFCEMA will host a free “SKYWARN” training program on Wednesday.
    Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency is inviting residents to become trained storm spotters.The AFCEMA will host a free “SKYWARN” training program on Wednesday.
  • Teachers in beating video deny wrongdoing

    Teachers in beating video deny wrongdoing

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:06:56 GMT
    A video showing explosive interactions with special needs students is causing outrage towards an Atlanta Public School.
    A video showing explosive interactions with special needs students is causing outrage towards an Atlanta Public School.
  • Man who shoots alleged car thief facing murder charges

    Man who shoots alleged car thief facing murder charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:24:40 GMT
    DeKalb County Police have charged a man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a suspected car thief.
    DeKalb County Police have charged a man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a suspected car thief.
  • LocalMore>>

  • Take It to Akin - AARP online scam survey

    Take It to Akin - AARP online scam survey

  • Houston-area traffic closures

    Houston-area traffic closures

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:37:09 GMT
    As you start to think about your weekend plans on this Friday-eve, make sure you consider how you're going to get to your destination...watch out for these scheduled closures!
    As you start to think about your weekend plans on this Friday-eve, make sure you consider how you're going to get to your destination...watch out for these scheduled closures!
  • What's going down H-town?

    What's going down H-town?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:42:32 GMT
    OLD TOWN SPRING CRAWFISH FESTIVAL All weekend http://texascrawfishfestival.com/ 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine Food Affair Anson Aviation - Sugar Land Regional Airport http://www.sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com/ Da Camera JAM Concerts at Discovery Green Discovery Green Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 6:30 PM - 10:15 PM http://www.discoverygreen.com/1011875 Chipotle Green Film Series Friday, April 25, 8:30 pm Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. www.discoverygreen.com http://www.discoverygreen.com...
    OLD TOWN SPRING CRAWFISH FESTIVAL All weekend http://texascrawfishfestival.com/ 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine Food Affair Anson Aviation - Sugar Land Regional Airport http://www.sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com/ Da Camera JAM Concerts at Discovery Green Discovery Green Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 6:30 PM - 10:15 PM http://www.discoverygreen.com/1011875 Chipotle Green Film Series Friday, April 25, 8:30 pm Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. www.discoverygreen.com http://www.discoverygreen.com...
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 | Terms of Service | Ad Choices