Kendrick Johnson's body exhumed for second autopsy
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
The body of former Lowndes High School student Kendrick Johnson will be taken to Florida Saturday morning for a second autopsy.
The teen's body was exhumed from Sunset Hills Cemetery in Valdosta Friday. A Lowndes County judge granted the Johnson family permission to exhume their son's body as part of the family's personal investigation into their son's death.
Johnson was found dead in a rolled up gym mat at Lowndes High School in January. The Sheriff's Office and the GBI's medical examiner ruled the death an accident. But Johnson's parents believe he was murdered.
They want to know why the autopsy report did not mention bruising to Johnson's chin that responding paramedics put in their initial report
"We also anticipate that there may be evidence that his death was a cover up. Or at least the fact that he died as a result of something other than an accident," said the family's attorney, Chevene King.
The family hired forensic pathologist William Anderson in Ocala to perform the autopsy. The Johnson's attorney hopes to petition the federal government to get involved based on the outcome of this second autopsy.