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Update in Kendrick Johnson death: Teammates subpoenaed by federal grand jury

Kendrick Johnson's face when he was found dead from suffocation.
Kendrick Johnson’s face when he was found dead from suffocation.

There has been an update in the investigation of the death of Kendrick Johnson. Johnson was a black high school student at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, Ga. His body was found in a rolled up gym mat and his death ruled accidental. His parents hired a private investigator and had a second autopsy performed.The second autopsy revealed evidence of blunt force trauma and a subsequent federal investigation opened. Johnson’s parents have maintained that the initial investigation was mishandled and that there is a cover-up involving their son’s death.

In December of 2013, Kendrick’s parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, were interviewed by the FBI.  After the interview, Jacquelyn Johnson revealed recently that “[the FBI) answered a lot of questions about a lot of what we had heard … I felt better because it’s another set of eyes looking into the case.”


Now after months of investigation, a federal grand jury has subpoenaed Johnson’s former classmates and their parents.

“We’re working methodically, and sometimes we remember we’re running a marathon instead of a sprint. So, we’re working on it. It’s better to get it right than to get it fast. I’m satisfied that the FBI is moving forward at the appropriate speed, and they’re doing a fine job,” stated U.S. Attorney Michael Moore to CNN.


The complete list of those subpoenaed has not been made available to the media at this time.  The announcement of the federal grand jury subpoena comes four months after the investigation was opened by the U.S. government.

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