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.

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