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“Vague” findings in teen’s gym mat death leaves family baffled.


In 2013, a Georgia teenager named Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his school gym. A medical examiner determined that Johnson had gotten stuck in the mat while trying to retrieve a lost shoe and then died of “positional asphyxia.” Johnson’s parents didn’t buy it and hired a new pathologist to exhume the body and offer a second opinion. That investigation determined that Johnson had actually died of blunt force trauma and that it “was not an accident.”

In January, Johnson’s parents filed a $100 million lawsuit against local and state officialsclaiming dozens of them helped fake evidence. On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department determined that no charges would be filed, citing insufficient evidence. “The Department of Justice, in particular the lawyers and investigators who have worked tirelessly on this investigation, express their most sincere condolences to Kendrick Johnson’s parents, family, and friends,” Acting United States Attorney Carole Rendon said.

That comes as little comfort to the Johnsons, who remain convinced that their son was a victim of homicide. “We know Kendrick was murdered, no ifs ands or buts about it,” Kendrick’s mother told CNN. Likewise, family spokesman Martin Cole found fault with the DOJ’s ruling, telling reporters that “their findings were very vague — I would even say incomplete …We haven’t really learned anything new.”

The Johnson family confirmed to reporters that the Department of Justice agreed that “the first pathologist got it wrong” and the second investigation, which determined Johnson had been killed by blunt force trauma, was more accurate. “Kendrick was murdered and they all but came out and said they know he was murdered,” his mother said. “But nothing to be done about it,”

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