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Kendrick Johnson update: Classmates’ social media activity may help solve murder

Kendrick Johnson played basketball and football for Lowndes High School.

Kendrick Johnson played basketball and football for Lowndes High School.

Twitter and text messages may help solve murder

During a recent interview, attorney Ben Crump revealed major details in the investigation of the death of Kendrick Johnson.  The teen was found dead on January 11, 2013 rolled up in a wrestling mat; his death was ruled accidental.

Now those students that may have been involved are being compelled to testify to a federal grand jury without having an attorney present. Over 120 subpoenas have been issued. With the number of students and parents compelled to testify, it seems like half the town of Valdosta, Ga will be in the courthouse to talk to U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. Those subpoenaed do have the option to plead the “fifth amendment” and choosing that option will be very telling, according to Crump.  Among those subpoenaed are the sons of two law enforcement officers, one of which may be the sheriff’s son. Because this investigation is through the U.S. Justice Department, the US Attorney Michael Moore has options to pursue. Crump stated that Moore can look at corruption, conspiracy as well as obstruction of justice charged in this case because of the nature of events.

There were two major details revealed by Crump. The first of which is the fact that there were four video surveillance cameras, all of which stop as Kendrick Johnson enters the gym. The chances that all four cameras malfunctioned at the same time are highly unlikely. The second major detail revolves around social media.  On the morning that Johnson’s body was found, school kids started tweeting and texting at 7:15 AM that there was someone dead rolled up in a wrestling mat. However, the 911 dispatcher was not called until close to 10:00 AM and they were told it was a cardiac episode; they were never told someone was dead.

Johnson’s family and supporters will be holding a rally on April 4, 2014 in Macon, GA at the U.S. Attorney’s office.


  1. Rory on March 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    po -po going down! super-intended going down!

    33 people in Jan, 4 in Feb, 1 in Mar. 72 in April! One person
    May. WHO Called from the school for a possible cardiac arrest? Why did they lie! April 18th the paramedic
    that stated he seen blunt force trauma to the side of his face was interviewed
    4 months Later but none of he’s notes was in the original documentation narrative . Text message from a student to a friend and a parent around 7:15 contradicts the time
    frame in which the body was found. The look and the smell of K.J. the students knew
    he had passed why not the caller to 911! A student that stated the body was
    removed from the gym before 12:00. The coroner got to the scene 8 plus hours
    after discovery. In which he stated the scene has been compromised. Implying that
    the body had been moved prior to him getting there just like the student stated.Check the other video see if thats a normal occurance.Alot more lies will come out!
    So my conclusion is they thought the parent was going to just except what the
    jackass said and everything would go away. Wrong MFSB !!! They took KJ ORGANS but they still can’t explain away what other seen and said. And when it comes out we
    will treat them the way they have treated KJ Family. FHTF!!

    • JamBone on March 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      English, do you speak it?

      • wish star on March 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        I understood it.

      • Rory on March 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        Thats what [email protected]!# say when they know your right….Your kinfolks going down. LIKE THE SPELLING OR NOT. BUT like I said FHYF.People that use proper ENGLISH in prison always someones [email protected]#.

      • uwillhateme on March 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

        I understood it too. I’m sure with some sort of common sense you could figure it out too. It wasn’t hard at all. Normally that is to turn the attention away from what is being said…. blah blah blah

    • Dadd Spyduh-Mayne Jones on July 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

      I understood what you said, some peoples only response to truth, is grammar errors!!!

      • Rory on August 9, 2014 at 1:36 am

        I really don’t care about the grammar error my concern is to get to the bottom of what really happen.It’s a whole lot of missing pieces to explain.If this was your family and i wrote this would you really give a damn.

  2. Guest on March 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    FYI: The sheriff does not have a son!

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      It said sons of 2 law enforcement officers one MAY BE a Sheriff’s son. It’s irrelevant If he’s a Sheriff son or not. We do know that ONE of them for sure is a law enforcement Officer’s son. And I hope their asses get NAILED!!! Every last person in on the cover-up. Dirty MF’s

  3. Anna on March 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    The shwriff does not have a son. So many “facts” in this are just wrong. But I guess that really doesn’t matter to anyone.

    • Anna on March 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm


    • Anonymous on March 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      No it doesnt, What matters is that FINALLY somebody’s ass is being put on the line for the murder of Kendrick…..aka a Suspect.. That’s good enough

      • Anna on March 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

        When someone writes that the “facts” do not matter only that someone’s (anyone?) “ass is being put on the line”, that is a very clear example of my point. No one cares what really happened. They just want ANYONE to pay for it. Even if no one did it. Even if the real person gets away. Even if they are focusing on the wrong crime. Ahhh true ignorance at it’s best. I would agree with the side that is making statements based solely on facts not emotional outcries. Right now, that is the side of the defense. If the prosecution side really believes they have a case, they need to find a different angle. But please, make your point with more ramblings and broad statements, that will convince people.

        • "Ramblings & Broad Statements" on March 17, 2014 at 9:26 am

          Please enlighten us and elaborate on the ‘many “facts” in this that are just wrong’ (aside from the claim regarding the sheriff, which is clearly based on speculation). You say you agree with the side of the defense…however, if no one is being detained or charged then there is no defense. Just persons of interest who were at the scene during the time of the alleged incident.

        • isa on March 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

          The hunt for the facts would seem different im sure if it were your son or brother or sister,the angle is always different when its personal.thats a fact for you.

    • David Merrell on September 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      They didnt say the sheriffs son dumbass. They said two kids that are possibly law enforcements sons. One could be a sheriffs son. IF you knew anything at all about law enforcement you would know that any officer that works for the sheriff is also referred to as a sheriffs deputy. Therefore they were referring to the kid possibly being the son of a sheriffs deputy not THE SHERIFF. So now that you have been educated find something else to say was made up dick.

  4. Matt on March 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I am from Lowndes county and this article is full of lies. First off our sheriff doesn’t even have a son. Second, there is no way the people subpoenaed are being compelled to testify without a lawyer. Third the official report is that the 911 dispatcher reported a dead body. There were many things gone wrong with this investigation and I hope the truth is found out. However, articles like this one only serve to divide and hurt my community. Have some journalistic integrity and report the truth please.

    • Rory on March 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      I’ll be the first to say I was wrong If i was.But if everybody would have done their job this would not have went this far happen. I read every bit of information as it come but some may be wrong. But almost all of it i dont think so.

    • David Merrell on September 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      sheriffs deputies are also referred to as sheriffs. Does not indicate if they meabnt the sheriff himself or one of his sheriffs. OTher than that everything said was crystal and true. In a grand jury you do not get to have a lawyer right there for the questioning. Did you not watch any of the Balco hearings with the sterioid scandal in baseball? Come on now.

  5. Anna on March 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I’m posting again because the response to my first comment clarified what I had suspected. The point…this entire case is full of holes and lies on the end of the prosecution. Yet it is propagated by these lies and hate so that the easily manipulated will fall for it. And they are. Yes, YOU are. This is a very common strategy used when there is no true bases for a conviction. I have no stance either way. I read documents for a law class (not just media reports) and even I can see clearly how this is a calculated strategy to gain support because there are no true facts, only speculations. Meanwhile…someone is making money off of this by selling tshirts, etc. Meanwhile…the real crime has yet to be addressed. When someone writes that the “facts” do not matter only that someone’s (anyone?) “ass is being put on the line”, that is a very clear example of my point. The facts do not seem to matter to anyone. The truth does not seem to matter. This is a modern day witch hunt using racial tension to make it happen. Again, the real crime is being ignored. Do not plan to see another comment from me unless you have a legitimate response to this comment which is backed by facts or logical insight; not one that relies on slander or words like “ass” or “nailed” to try and make a nonexistent point (that includes those who may agree with me).

    • Rory on March 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I guess the feds just re-open the case and subpoena people just to humor KJ family
      and concerned citizens.

      • isa chapron on March 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

        Wow anna you absolutely have no compassion for this family,this whats wrong with case from the must have investigative compassion,and common sense and honesty when reporting facts ,even if evidence is circumstantial.all this is now after the fact,because now some how justice must still be afforded to tjis young mans family.

    • Dadd Spyduh-Mayne Jones on July 21, 2014 at 1:33 am

      you must be one the suspects family member huh!!!! facts of this case scream cover up..

  6. TruthRevealed on March 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I am so happy that the truth is being revealed!! As a past Valdosta resident, people need to know about this racist piece of shit of a place!

  7. Zibarro aka Kryssa on March 18, 2014 at 4:36 am

    So, Anna … you state the prosecutions case is full of holes … but what about the original findings and ‘investigation’? Do you not see anything “off” about his COD or the fact that the CSI’s didn’t take (what could turn out to be) crucial evidence into their possession? The 3rd pair of shoes; the sweatshirt; blood scrapings from the wall (which the sheriff didn’t want to take because it would be too tough to test against 3,000 faculty and kids at the school)

    I’m not going to assume or speculate that this is racially motivated because I don’t know. Could be the motive is basketball or football, or a girl, or money for all we know. Without those other pieces of evidence however, finding a suspect and motive and then *proving* their involvement, becomes more difficult.

    You believe yourself to be pretty smart, I’m guessing, so maybe you can help me figure a few things out here. Things that cause the red flags to wave when put together.

    [1.] Of all the camera’s in the school, only the 4 in the gym are missing time. Of those 4, the only one that shows the area where Kendrick died – is blurry. Coincidence?
    [2.] Upon autopsy, Kendrick was found with a pair of ‘ear buds’ – with the wire broken. The broken part is never questioned, nor is it questioned whether or not these were actually Kendrick’s. He was clutching them in his hand when found. Whose were they? Where is the other part that broke off?
    [3.] Kendrick supposedly died upside down, with the left side of his head against the concrete. Yet – the students claimed they found him because they saw his socks sticking out of the mat. If his feet were sticking out, don’t you think a young, strong, 17 year old would be able to “hook” them onto the mat and pull himself free by shimmying backwards (the foam would make for good leverage)? With arms extended, Kendrick would have been a full 2 feet longer than that mat. But we’re supposed to believe that, as many times as he (and others) have apparently done this same thing, this time he couldn’t free himself?
    [4.] Why were his shoes laying next to his legs in the mat? Who put them there?
    [5.] If the basketball shoe was at the bottom of the mat, why wasn’t Kendrick’s blood all over it (as opposed to it being over the blood)?
    [6.] When the mat was unrolled, a visual exam showed the “lividity” on his left side, but when asked about the bruise on the right side of his face – it was dismissed as “lividity” as well. Doesn’t work that way. Why was it dismissed?
    [7.] Kendrick was found less than 24 hours after he died – yet the students claimed they could “smell” him. In a controlled environment, that isn’t very likely. Not impossible, just not likely.
    [8.] Kendrick was found on 1/11 but his autopsy wasn’t done until 1/15. In that period of time, his body should have been in nearly identical condition to when it was discovered because it should have been in the freezer. However, the autopsy notes tell of a body in advanced stages of decomposition – the “bloat” stage (also used as the excuse for destroying his organs, “too badly decomposed”). How can that be?
    [9.] He had injuries to his hands. If the mat was “too tight” for him to move, he couldn’t have gotten them while in there – they had to have come before – immediately before his body wound up in that mat. Why wasn’t that questioned further? Was there a fist fight that cause someone else to bleed on that wall just before Kendrick was killed?
    [10.] “Positional Asphyxia”. In Kendrick’s case, due to the fact he shimmied in that mat, it’s highly unlikely it was due to “compression” or “constriction”, which leaves airway obstruction. For that to be the case, his neck would show signs of “hyper-extension” – which is NOT noted in the autopsy report. On the contrary, the report states no hemorrhage, no “strapping” – nothing. Also, nowhere have I read that being upside down for as short a period of time as he would have had to be (given the state of his body when found) is lethal.
    There are many more inconsistencies and unexplained things about this case, but the above mentioned are, in my opinion, critical. Individual pieces of evidence point to negligence or oversight, perhaps – but put together – they point to murder or manslaughter. He was dead when he went into that mat.

    • Waiting and Watching on April 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Well Stated!!! There are so many inconsistencies in this case, I can’t wait to hear the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And as for the cover ups, those individuals needs to be behind bars as well. So if that means hiring a new school officials, police officers and a new coroner so be it Wrong is Wrong and people have to do their time like everyone else.

    • Rory on August 9, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Thank you as you see no one had any thing to say.But misspell words or gammar..They would have jump on you like flies on mess.But it don’t change the fact that this child was murder in a public school.The people we pay real good to do the right thing has sold out on this family.The fact that it’s taking the act of Congress to get answers is scary .I guess I really should’nt us that quote anymore.

    • David Merrell on September 24, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      not to mention who the fuck climbs upside down into a gym matt to get a show instead of just fliping it over and grabiingit? To me that is the biggest red flag. Nobody is that damn stupid. Come on now people. Use yoru damn heads here.

  8. Eddie DonaHoo on May 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm