The judge has ordered the full file in the Kendrick Johnson death investigation to be released to the family.
This includes surveillance video of the gymnasium where 17-year-old Johnson was found dead in a wrestling mat
WCTV expects to receive a copy of this video, and will bring you more information as it is available.
Press Release: Kendrick Johnson Family & Attorneys
The family of Kendrick Johnson will be in court tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for a hearing regarding the release of the video surveillance tape from the high school gymnasium in which their son was found dead in a wrestling mat.
The family’s attorneys filed court paperwork requesting that the video be released. They are also seeking a Coroner’s Inquest.
The hearing will be held in the Lowndes County Superior Court building located at 327 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, 31601.
The family and their attorneys will address media outside the courthouse following the hearing.
By: Bailey Myers October 22, 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.
Johnson Family Attorney Ben Crump said, “The scene investigation has been compromised. But, we believe there are some things that could speak to us like the video, DNA and blood evidence.” Both CNN and the Johnson family have filed suit requesting all investigative finds be released. Focusing on the full surveillance video from the gymnasium, Johnson family attorney Chevene King, “It should show either Kendrick entered the mats as theorized, or he was brought to they gymnasium other than his own power.”
Another lawsuit filed against the Coroner of Lowndes County requests he grant a coroner’s inquest. Where the coroner would present information on Kendrick’s death and jurors would decide based on that information how Kendrick died. “It’s going to be hard… Kendrick was my son… It can’t get no harder than that,” explained Kendrick’s father.
“It’s an insult to injury and we have to file these legal papers and jump these hoops just to get to the truth of the matter asserted. We will get to the truth, we have no doubt about that.”
Attorneys for the family of Kendrick Johnson plan to have a hearing with a Lowndes County judge on October 30th regarding the surveillance footage. A date has not been set in the suit against the coroner. We will update you as soon as that information comes available.
By: Bailey Myers October 22, 2013, 12:35pm
Kendrick Johnson’s family has filed a petition requesting a judge to order a coroner’s inquest.
If the inquest is granted, then a jury will decide the cause of death.
Press Release: Kendrick Johnson’s Family
Kendrick Johnson’s parents, along with family attorneys Chevene B. King, Jr. and Benjamin Crump, will address media tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the filing and their next legal moves in the case.
The media availability will take place in front of the Lowndes County Superior Court building located at 327 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, 31601.