Lowndes Sheriff's attorney blasts Kendrick Johnson family claim

Lowndes Sheriff's attorney blasts Kendrick Johnson family claim
Kendrick Johnson's parents
Kendrick Johnson's parents

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The attorney for Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says the latest claim by the family of Kendrick Johnson regarding Johnson's death is bogus.

The Johnsons have filed an amended complaint, specifically saying that Lowndes County's sheriff and others intentionally hid Kendrick Johnson's body in the rolled up gym mat in the old Lowndes High gym, in order to cover up the fact that he was murdered.

In an emailed statement to WALB, attorney Jim Eliot said, in part: "The amended complaint sets forth myriad false, outrageous, scurrilous, and scandalous allegations of criminal conduct..."

The Johnson family filed the amendment after being ordered by a judge to specifically define the claims they are making in their lawsuit regarding Kendrick Johnson's death.

Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found dead by students at Lowndes County High School on January 11, 2013. His body was inside a rolled up gym mat.

The sheriff's office concluded that the death was an accident, but the family says it was murder.

In October 2013, U.S. Attorney Michael Moore launched a federal investigation into Johnson's death.

Since then, his family has remained committed to pursuing the answer to what actually happened.

They, along with community leaders and activists have held rallies to support and draw attention to the death investigation.

The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against 38 of Kendrick Johnson's classmates on January 15, 2015. The suit accuses three classmates of attacking and killing Johnson.

They also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Lowndes County Board of Education and its members on July 28, 2013.

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