October 10th, 2013
03:49 PM ET

Gym mat death: Attorneys want video

Attorneys for the family of a 17-year-old student found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at a southern Georgia high school called on authorities Thursday to release surveillance video that they say could show what happened.

Kendrick Johnson, they allege, was slain in January - counter to authorities' conclusions that the three-sport athlete suffocated in the mat while reaching for a sneaker.

"There is one eyewitness that we know is available - it is the video recordings made from surveillance cameras there in the gymnasium where the body was found," attorney Chevene B. King Jr. told reporters in Valdosta, Georgia.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    This story is sick. If the FBI is not all over this BS, Southern crap. Notice the mats are all rolled up tight except this one. Cause he was rolled up in it after they killed him. Stuffed with newpaper, how disrepectful is that? I will make a prediction: they will not be able to find the tape. FBI get on it.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That poor kid was beat up all to hell. There is no way he died of natural causes, no matter what is said. He didn't roll himself up. This is disgraceful. It reeks of coverup!

      October 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @banasy – Hello- And now the parents have to grieve and fight for justice. This may be put in moderation. lol

      October 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, SM. Yes, the ball was definitely dropped here. Always trying to take the path of least resistance, the lazy dopes.

      October 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Why didn't they watch the surveillance video before now? Something seemed wrong about this happening from the first report. The least sinister possibility, to me, was that Johnson had taken some drug that altered his judgement.

    October 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC

    Justice should be done for this man and his family!

    October 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    WHAT plausable reason could they possibly give for this boy being stuffed with newspaper! There isn't a funeral parler in the world that does that! Yup EXTREMELY fishy!

    October 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Oops meant "parlor" sorry.

    October 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    People DONT have their organs stolen and their bodys stuffed with newspaper@ rupert! You think thats an ok procedure do ya? And if he was "killed" than they need to be brought to justice! How would you feel if it were you child?

    October 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    If he dropped his shoe, I would think you would push the mat over not go in head first. @Joey-fishy is right.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RevNowWhileWeCan

    Hi my peoples! It's been a while since I've passed by buy I just wanted to say hi, so HI!!! I've been busy fighting/exposing the Duopoly and not being able to post 3/4's of the time gets pretty old.
    So hi Banasy, chrissy, bobcat (in a hat) and saywhat, I'll be trying to stop by more often. Miss you guys! 🙂

    October 11, 2013 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • RevNowWhileWeCan

      Btw, pay no attention to this hoax they call a "shutdown". It's nothing but theatre meant to keep those who wrongly believe in the two party system that we cannot survive without the Great and Might State! 😀 I'm not afraid they'll reach an agreement, (they will at the 11th hour as always), I'm more afraid of more of the same demagoguing. 😦

      October 11, 2013 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Hi back @ revnow good to see you too. And of course they will do something. After all the stock market is dropping so now its affecting THEM! Lol

    October 11, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    @chrissy- them being the people (I use that loosely) that really control everything, economics, paychecks, and the hill.

    October 11, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Video "that could" show what happened. O.K. I'm oughta here. Later bye.

    October 11, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    "They say could show what happened?" See bye later...bye.

    October 11, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Well @ mama according to reports yesterday some major corporations CEOs got together and told the GOTP congressional brats that if they didnt end this there would be no more campaign funding from them! So the stock market is scareing them i would guess!

    October 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Enjoy that teaparty!

    October 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Texas get your head out.

      October 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    Just to many things wrong in this case! Didn't process ALL of the evidence. "Video" withheld, or delayed? Difference in cause of death. OUTSIDE investigation is warrented here! And the missing organs & newspaper is pure disgust! WHOEVER, did this should loose any license they have and face some jail time!

    October 13, 2013 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
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