Third autopsy shows Lowndes High school student’s death not an accident

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The Valdosta Daily Times reports a private forensic consultant out of Orlando, Florida is disagreeing with previous autopsies and official investigations in the death of Kendrick “KJ” Johnson. 

Valdosta Daily Times obtained and published a report from Forensic Dimensions of Orlando that had been commissioned by attorneys representing the Johnson family after they exhumed the teenagers body for a second time. 

That report can be found at:

The report submitted by Dr. William Anderson attributed Johnson’s death to blunt force trauma.  

The body of Kendrick Johnson was found upside down in a vertically stored gym mat at Lowndes High School in January 2013. A state autopsy ruled the 17-year-old’s death accidental, and a federal review of the case ended in 2016 when the Department of Justice announced it had not found “sufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges.”

The Johnson family has maintained their son died of foul play and have filed multiple lawsuits against dozens of defendants through the years.

KJ’s body was first exhumed in June 2013 by court order because the family wanted an autopsy separate from the state’s. In this case, William R. Anderson, an Ocala, Florida-based pathologist hired by the Johnsons, said blunt-force trauma was evident. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s official autopsy claimed KJ died from accidental positional asphyxia with no sign of blunt force trauma.

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