Defendants in Kendrick Johnson lawsuits will get some fees

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 7:47 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2016 at 8:01 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Judge Richard Porter ruled Thursday morning that a long list of the people who were sued by the family of Kendrick Johnson are entitled to get some of their attorneys' fees reimbursed. The details, and the amounts of money will be the subject of a hearing which will begin this coming Monday.

In March, the Johnson family dropped a $100 million lawsuit against the school system and the sheriff's office. In June, federal authorities dropped their investigation.

Johnson's body was found under mysterious circumstances in a rolled up gym mat at the old Lowndes High School gym in 2013. Officials ruled his death accidental, but his family said since day one that the 17 year old student was murdered.

Thursday, Attorney James L. Elliott filed a motion with the Lowndes County Superior Court referencing the decision for the Lowndes Co. Sheriff's Office defendants.

They are: Sheriff Chris Prine, and Michael Adams, Troy Black, Christopher Burke, Wanda Edwards, Howard Fisher, Christi Griffin, Roy Hart, Logan Henderson, Stryde Jones, Randy Lightsey, John Marion, Mark Maskule, Jack Priddy, Aaron Pritchett, Kerry  Quinn, James D. Thornton, Bryce Whitener, and Jack Winningham.

Albany Attorney Chevene King, who has been representing the Johnson family, was listed among those served of the notification. As of the time of this article, Mr. King had not returned a call to WALB seeking comment on the matter.

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