Thursday, October 31, 2013

Parents of Georgia teen who died in 'freak accident' believe son was murdered

The parents of a Georgia teenager, whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym, believe their son was murdered, the family's attorney said Thursday.

Kendrick Johnson, of Valdosta, Ga., was found Jan. 11 stuck in an upright mat propped behind the bleachers inside his high school gym. Lowndes County sheriff's investigators concluded Johnson died in a freak accident, but the 17-year-old's family disputes that.

"They absolutely think their son was murdered," Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, told

"They never believed he died the way the sheriff concluded. They believe that it defies logic, the laws of physics as well as common sense," Crump said. "They think this is a cover-up to protect the person or people responsible for their son’s death."  More

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