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Kendrick Johnson death update: SCLC investigator disputes foul play claims


There have been startling new developments regarding the death of Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson. Johnson’s body was found in a rolled up wrestling mat in a school gymnasium two years ago. His death was ruled an accident. The coroner concluded that Johnson was attempting to retrieve a sneaker when he became trapped in the upright mat and suffocated. Because of the late discovery of his body and the circumstances surrounding his death, there have been accusations of murder and an intentional cover-up by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.

However, according to recent interviews and statements by an independent investigator working on behalf of the SCLC, there is no evidence to support that Johnson was murdered.Leigh Touchton has worked on the investigation for the past two years and holds a master’s in biology.

What was your first reaction when you heard about Kendrick Johnson’s death?
Shock and horror.

Why were you chosen for this investigation?
When he was found dead, I was serving as interim secretary for the Valdosta NAACP. I was a member of the Valdosta NAACP legal redress team. My duties were to interview public officials and write open records requests. Until the official LCSD investigation was closed, we couldn’t interview any officials because it was an open investigation. After it was closed, we wrote open records requests and we (the members of the Valdosta NAACP legal redress team) went and sat down with numerous local public officials: our county schools superintendent, the attorney for the sheriff, the sheriff and one of his deputies. We talked to school board members. We got the case file at that time it was redacted meaning the minor children’s names and photos were blocked due to a federal law called FERPA. We toured the Valdosta Crime Lab several times, we interviewed the director, we visited the body cooler refrigeration unit and looked at the alarms and record books, we saw the offices of crime lab personnel who are located right outside and saw the alarm that would go off if electricity were shut off, or if temperatures got too high or too low, and we were told there were back up generators in such a case as blackouts. We saw the ASCLAD accreditation records for this lab. At the time there were 13 crime lab workers, two from the LCSD and 11 from the Valdosta Police Dept. The chief forensic investigator is black. We had tours of the entire lab. We spoke with the school’s attorney who explained the situation about the redactions and videotape due to FERPA. I toured the old gym and were given a re-enactment of how he was found. At the very same time as our group was conducting this investigation, the Valdosta SCLC, led by Rev Floyd Rose, was also conducting  a separate investigation.

In July of 2013 — at that point — our Valdosta NAACP branch had conducted official branch elections and I was the duly elected secretary, Pastor Matthew Loveday was the president. I was on a Georgia NAACP state conference call and Kenneth and Jackie Johnson were on the call as well as their attorney Chevene King. Due to false allegations, which I determined to be lies, not just misstatements of fact, I resigned because I was not going to be forced by any NAACP state president to get out in public and call people murderers publicly when there was no credible evidence to claim that a murder had been committed and when the family asking the NAACP for assistance and for money was not telling the truth. I was shouted down by other NAACP officers. I immediately resigned. So did most of the local NAACP officers, many of whom are professionals and church leaders. I have worked alongside Rev. Floyd Rose for 15 years. I’ve always been a member of his organization, Valdosta SCLC, which was previously the People’s Tribunal, so the chapter voted me into the lead investigator position. Rev. Rose had already conducted his investigation but we repeated all of our steps together and shared information that we had both obtained separately. We also wrote open records requests to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the personnel records of Dr. William Anderson, the private pathologist who conducted the second autopsy on Kendrick Johnson’s embalmed body. What we received caused us to cast doubt on Anderson’s credibility. He was accused of unethical conduct when employed at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

How has the SCLC been involved? 
SCLC has taken a much greater role in this case because before the LCSD closed their investigation, it was Rev. Rose who led the public rallies asking for the DOJ [U.S. Department of Justice] to come in and review the investigation. Rev. Rose also put up his house as collateral for Jackie Johnson, the mother of Kendrick, when the parents committed civil disobedience at the Lowndes Judicial complex.  Rev. Rose as Pres of SCLC and I as a private citizen were constantly calling our public officials and begging them to call the DOJ and request an investigation, we contacted Michael Moore numerous times to ask him to open a review, we asked our sheriff to request this (the sheriff’s dept made public statement “we would welcome a review..)  Rev. Rose allowed his fellowship hall to be used for meetings for the family, and he provided his church for the Al Sharpton rally in May 2013, at which more than $8,000 was raised. Sharpton asked for a portion of this money to be used for a reward. It wasn’t. After the case was closed, Rev. Rose was approached by a local businessman named Roy Taylor to offer a $10,000 reward along with SCLC for credible information leading to arrest.  After three months there was no information brought forth (it was to go to Michael Moore and Chevene King) and the reward money was given back to the businessman. To this day the family has not set up a reward. The family says that the businessman who offered the reward, Roy Taylor, is related to Lowndes Supt Wes Taylor and that this is evidence of corruption in Lowndes County. The two men are not related.

What three facts do you think people should be aware of regarding the investigation?
Neither autopsy records a beating or any defensive wounds.

The second autopsy and the second pathologist are non-credible due to numerous reasons, which I can elaborate on if you would like.

After a grand jury was convened in Macon in March of 2013, no indictments were issued. The boys accused of an alleged murder have rock solid alibis.

Do you believe Kendrick Johnson was murdered? Why or why not?
I do not believe he was murdered. Based on the preponderance of the evidence and the fact that over 100 people would have to be lying and telling the same story for two years, risking the loss of their jobs, their retirement, jail time; I think the murder theory is not only false but also ridiculous and based only on wild speculation and outright fabrications. Based on the preponderance of medical evidence, the diagnosis of positional asphyxia is the only diagnosis that fits all the facts. Based on the videotape evidence there was no attack or dragging or stuffing of a body or unrolling or re-rolling of a mat. Based on witness testimony, phone records, videotapes, wrestling weigh-ins at an out-of-town tournament, there is no way that the accused boys could have been involved in his death.

You have made statements that the Johnson family has lied about Kendrick’s death and money raised by supporters for the family. On what do you base your statements?
Numerous statements were made that when we followed up on them, they were so outrageously false that they had to be made with malicious intent to lie.  How much time do you have?

They claimed no one from the school system cared about their child or came to his funeral. I found out that Superintendent Wes Taylor and Assistant Superintendent David Troy (he is now employed as LODAC director here, a drug treatment facility, he happens to be black), both visited the family the night KJ was found. One coach spoke at his funeral. Numerous teachers attended his funeral. Two school board members attended his funeral, the chairman at the time, Fred Davis, a black man, and Fred Wetherington, who is the current chair. The funeral director, Tony Harrington, saw them and invited them to come sit up at the front. The father told the entire Georgia NAACP state conference that no one from the school attended his child’s funeral when over a dozen or more school officials attended it. A memorial service was held at the school for KJ. All of the school officials were horrified and distraught that he had died.

The father said that KJ had been in a fight with the accused right before his death. The fight had occurred over a year previously. The father said that the accused child’s father had invited KJ over to “finish the fight and it would be fair.”  No one can be found who corroborates this version of events. Numerous school officials told me that the two kids had a scuffle on the school bus over a year before KJ died, and that afterward the two repaired their relationship, they worked on a science project together. KJ would spend the night at this boy’s house, and numerous people testified that they had a good friendship. I interviewed the school resource officer who drove KJ home from the football game (the scuffle happened on a football game bus, they were both on the team). She happens to be black. KJ rode home with her because she was friends with the family and his parents were not at the game. The other boy rode home with his parents who were at the game.

The parents said that Rev. Rose kept most of the $8,000 that was raised at the Al Sharpton rally. That is totally false. It was all given to the Johnson family. Who did not use any portion of it for a reward and to this day have not put forth a reward.

The parents told Dr. Joseph Lowery that “Rev. Rose was with the sheriff.” That is totally false, Rev. Rose is not controlled by any white or black person and he’s only with the truth.

The parents said that the body cooler at the Valdosta crime lab was set to a high temperature to cause the body to decompose. Those allegations are quite simply ridiculous.

The mother said that the medical examiners “cooked” her son’s body to hide evidence. These allegations are also quite simply ridiculous. Both autopsies identified “skin slippage” which is advanced decomposition that causes the skin to peel or blister.

The parents of KJ said that the reason they didn’t want the $10,000 reward to be offered by businessman Roy Taylor is because he’s related to school superintendent Wes Taylor. That is false. Wes Taylor is not from here and the two men are not related at all.


The family posted the photograph of Kendrick’s post-autopsy face on a giant poster in the middle of downtown Valdosta and all over social media and claimed he looks this way as a result of a beating. Both autopsies do not record any evidence of a beating. The photo was taken at the funeral home of his post-autopsy face before it had been reconstructed. In an autopsy, the skin is cut at the back of the head and the facial skin is peeled down away from the face so that the underlying muscles can be examined. There was no evidence that he was beaten, not on his face, not anywhere else. (except second autopsy claims “likely blunt force trauma right mandible further investigation needed”— paraphrasing from memory). The funeral home had not reconstructed his face. The family plastered this photograph next to that of Emmett Till and claimed the two deaths were analogous. People believed that Kendrick looked like that when he was found dead, he did not. They still promote this photograph as how he looked when he was found.

In the first week that KJ was found dead, the family made public statements that the sheriff’s son or grandson was involved in KJs death. The sheriff doesn’t have a son or grandson. Then the family started publicly accusing two boys whose father is an FBI agent. They have rock solid alibis. This information was given to  us immediately after the case was closed, and it was given to the Johnson family. They have accused this family on the Georgia NAACP conference call, in public, and now the Johnson family is suing the accused family for being involved in KJs death even though the Johnson family has been shown the mountain of evidence that these boys could not have been involved. As of last week, the Johnson family supporters on the numerous Facebook pages run by the family are accusing ANOTHER family whose son is on the wrestling team, they’ve even posted photographs of the boys’ 92-year-old grandmother and threatened that they are coming to get them.  At the latest march and rally the mother stated “We are going to do to them what they did to Kendrick.” Marcus Coleman, their organizer, attempted to provoke a reaction from the Valdosta Police Department who was there for logistical support and safety since their parade permit was for the busiest four lane road in Valdosta. They notified the VPD that they would march to the Board of Education but then demanded to be allowed to march to the high school. They claim that the VPD harassed and intimidated them, both at the march and rally, and then that night at a local nightclub where members of the Johnson family were partying. The VPD had no role in this investigation other than being the administrator of the crime lab which held his body prior to transport to Macon GBI medical examiner’s office. The outrageous behavior and false allegations against innocent white people is beyond belief. There is already one defamation/libel lawsuit for $5 million against Ebony magazine and their writer, Fred Rosen. There are going to be more.

What is the SCLC’s official position on the Kendrick Johnson death? 
Tragic accident. However, I do not speak for the Valdosta SCLC, you need to ask Rev. Floyd Rose to give an official statement on behalf of the Valdosta SCLC. He and I are in agreement about Kendrick’s death being a tragic accident.

People have stated that you are biased because you are a White woman investigating the death of a young Black male. How do you respond to this?
I have 15 years of service to the black community with my civil rights activism, I’ve fought for a living wage at Valdosta State University, I won the Georgia NAACP Region V Medgar Evers award for that, I lost my job fighting for a living wage at VSU, I helped defeat a biomass incinerator sited in a Black neighborhood, I helped defeat a school consolidation attempt that would have eliminated four Black school board officials and dozens of black teachers, I currently serve as a committee member for Valdosta’s Black contractors who invited me to help them get fair access to contracts with our school system. My record is there and it’s unquestionable. Those who attack me don’t know me, don’t want to know me, don’t want to educate themselves on the truth, and apparently can’t tell their enemies from their friends. The truth does not have any color.

In closing, what do you want our readers to know about the Kendrick Johnson case? 
The preponderance of the evidence does not support what the Johnson family and their attorneys are claiming.

The following page contains graphic images of Kendrick Johnson’s body post mortem.

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  1. Sherri Etienne on January 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    What happened to his organs? His body was stuffed with newspaper!!! Not sure I believe this, but if there was foulplay may the perpetrators die a thousand deaths and finally rot in the deepest pits of hell to infinity and beyond. And shall they be born again the sentence shall repeat for all of eternity. If it was an accident, carry on…

    • Rudwaan on January 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      also what about the blunt force trauma to the right mandible (Jaw)? where did that go, this idiot wants us to believe that a young Black man somehow crawled into a rolled up mat to retrieve a sneaker? how did the sneaker get there? was it impossible to simply unroll the mat and get the sneaker? FOH

      • guest on January 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

        This idiot is joined by hundreds of authorities — other black community activists and 4 different investigations, 3 different levels of law enforcement, and 4 agencies – county, city, state, and federal investigators.

        There are 3 written statements by KJ’s friends stating that they shared the tennis shoes and used them for PE and that they HID/STORED them inside the wrestling mat – so they could take turns wearing them during the day – then hide them back in the gym for the next guy to get them – while keeping them hidden from others so they could be stolen.

        The GBI did a complete autopsy and found no blunt force trauma.
        The only one to claim that existed was a paid private doctor who has a history of questionable activities and was fired in Florida due to credibility issues.

        The state medical examiner sent the body with the removed organs in a trash bag – which is how all organs are treated after they have been weighed, examined, tested, and had biopsies and slides taken from each of them and those slides are SAVED/frozen and STILL in state custody. The body was sent to the funeral home chosen by the family. A black-owned funeral home who disposed of the trash bag when they prepared the body for viewing. The newspaper was used to support an empty body – which is usually done with cotton or other materials. The funeral home chose a cheaper material, but they were chosen by the family – not the cops.

        • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:20 am

          Interesting that you claim to know all the answers in which none of this is public information. Who are you, Leigh Touchton or the racist POS, Vick L Pate?

          • EVERYONE on January 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm

            all of this is public info- in news articles and free as part of the public file on the investigation. this is not new or inside info. ALL IS AVAILABLE IN THE PUBLIC FILE. and NO – not ONE SINGLE AUTHORITY HAS SAID THIS IS A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION.

          • Get-Real on January 19, 2015 at 5:10 pm

            Another TROLL account Vicki L Pate? You’re such a desperate FK. lol

          • Kim Colington on July 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

            They don’t want the truth. Just like with history! If you don’t say what they want you are racist.

        • Rudwaan on January 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

          cases such as these are more than the face value, they are indicators of where we are in race relations in this country, there exists a glaring wound in the racial relationship between Blacks and Whites globally, cases such as these remind us of the abuse of power Whites have tended to engage in over us, from the overt plantation days to the scourged Jim Crow era, we BLACKS know that Mumia Abu Jamal is where he is because of that abuse of judicial power, we know that Assata Shakur is hunted like an animal because of that abuse, we know Troy Davis was unjustly executed, there exists far too many Black men and women in the prison industrial complex because of that continued abuse of power.
          Even POTUS Barrack Obama is not exempt from the abuse of political and White public power, we are reminded of the Tuskegee experiment and to this day Black men are very skeptical about going to the doctor, in all areas of people activity there exists an abundance of abuse to Black people by the White power elites
          We simply do not trust the word of Whites and rightly so. Even if we saw a video tape of that young man crawling into a mat some of us will likely postulate that it is due to mind control by the CIA or FBI, that is how deep the dis-trust is, cases as such merely highlight the elephant in the room that we refuse to articulate.

          • Mark McGrath on April 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

            WOW, you yourself conclude that your ridiculous racist attitudes cloud any rational thinking. I don’t want to waste my precious White time refuting thius whole retarded diatribe but one thing really made me laugh. LOL Do you really want people to think that blak mans won’t go to the doctor because of the syphilis infected tuskegee’s?
            No man of any color likes to go to the doc. And as for the rest do you really think it helps your cause to be defending a bunch of criminals and cop killers?

        • Pennyj on January 30, 2015 at 11:11 pm

          Actually all organs are place in one bag INSIDE the body and sent to the funeral home and the funeral home is still supposed to embalm u if that’s what the family PAID for. I know they didn’t pay thousands of dollars for newspaper!! Reag!!! You know you sound fool!!

        • Pennyj on January 30, 2015 at 11:24 pm

          Oh yea. And what 17 year old really jumps down a mat!! I was an athlete! We hid stuff in mats all the time. You know how we got it out, we knocked the shit over. Don’t be an idiot. This isn’t a black white issue. I could care less if the Cookie Monster was a person of interest, the shit just doesn’t make sense. Kids don’t do what they say he did. Everyone is lying. These boys, well one of them did not have an alibi , but people Are lying and saying he does.
          They e already said he was released from class. Canada’s show him wandering the hall. And mysteriously every camera in that area black as out for two hours. BUT see ol’ boy walking back and forth from that gym and at one point he’s running and one point he has and entirely new set of clothes on.WHY?
          Why wasn’t the investigation handled properly. If he died in January why were most of the people I tee view in April? Soooo, this sounds like it was done right. Ohhhhh yea, why was the body moved from the gym and brought back, several students said they took him out and brought him back. Then 4-6 hours later the coroner came. He should have been there first. Why were students still in the gym anyway
          They tried to contaminate the sense so that no evidence would be valid. I can’t say who is being protected and why but something’s fishy.
          I don’t know if it was all about the organs or if some kid really just wanted to kill him. I’m just 100% sure that the school,police department, and court (b/c 7 judges removed themselves from this case) know there’s some dirt being done!!!!

        • Kim Colington on July 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm

          Amen….all of this is common practice. It may surprise the average person, but still true.

      • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 2:37 am

        Kendrick`s gym shoe was in a mat up against the wall, almost in the corner and behind at least 2 rows of mats sitting upright.

        When the gym teacher tried to ‘save’ him he and others had to drag mats out of the way to get to the mat containing Kendrick`s body.

        Simplest way for Kendrick to get his sneaker was to hold on to the top edge of the mat with his left hand and lower his body into the hole with his right hand extended (that is the relative position of his arms when he was found).

        Something happened and he became entrapped.

        I suspect the extra layers of gym shirt and gym shorts he wore under his street clothes and having recently eaten lunch contributed to the accident.

        Look at his socks in the picture of him in the mat. They fell down as he tried to get traction to pull himself out.

        I wear socks just like him… those socks are not pulled up, and his street sneaks he kicked off trying to get some traction to save his life.

        • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

          Amazing, you have this all figured out.

          “I wear socks just like him… those socks are not pulled up, and his street sneaks he kicked off trying to get some traction to save his life”

          Socks have more traction than rubber soles? Really, really?!

          • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

            Look at pictures of rock climbing shoes, they are shaped more like the natural foot. He kicked off his cumbersome low cut Adidas to try to get some ‘purchase’ on the mat`s ‘wall’. His socks slipped down in the futile attempt. The shoes he kicked off additionally would now be in his way.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:36 am

            You have no proof of anything you’re claiming, NONE.

            You have an agenda and it’s not one I want anything to do with.

          • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

            Truth and justice have to be an agenda?

            Kendrick can`t get justice by falsely accusing innocent people.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

            I haven’t accused anyone. Go sell your BS to an idiot!

            WTF?!!! Americans do NOT spell behavior with a ‘u’! YOU’RE NOT even an American proven with you past comments on disqus.

            “faketony 2 months ago
            Never reward bad or illegal behaviour unless you want more bad or illegal behaviour.”

          • the truth on January 15, 2015 at 11:55 am

            You REALLY need to pull your head out of your ass. He killed himself be being where HE DID NOT BELONG at the time. His parents did not care about him until after he died at his own hands. And the ONLY reason they say they care is to score money, oh so typical of their type.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

            Another sick depraved troll
            You can obtain free mental health care, you know that, right?

          • the truth on January 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

            No help needed here, thanks for the offer though. Might I suggest you go jump in a 6 foot deep hole yourself as trash such as yourself serve to useful purpose on this planet.
            kj was of no real loss to this community must as your loss of life would not be.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm

            Holy Sht! Along with that mental health you need, take a grammar class. lmao!!

          • the truth on January 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

            Get real and go pick some cotton where you belong.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

            “the truth • 2 minutes ago”

            “Get real and go pick some cotton where you belong.”

            Ahhhh.. the TRUTH does eventually show it’s ugly head. BIGOT, I’m white.. but carry on with your sorry excuse for a life. 😉

          • SamIam on June 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

            and the truth comes out!

          • guest on January 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

            Dude, that’s… cold, man. He was my friend, man. You can’t say he was useless just because his parents are.

          • Divided We Fall on January 17, 2015 at 1:08 am

            I don’t know if you’re truly from this community, but please don’t think for a minute that you speak for us. Every single life lost, but especially a young life, is a loss to the Valdosta community and our world.

            To those reading: Please accept my apologies for such disgusting hatred-this man (“the truth”) is NOT indicative of our community and culture.

          • SamIam on June 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

            if you’re attacking a dead person, you might need some help..

          • Pennyj on January 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm

            Why do we think his parent didn’t care?
            Why wasn’t he supposed to be there?
            I’m confused?

          • SamIam on June 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

            if his mother didn’t care about him why did she call 911 the day he didn’t return home from school — now who has their head up their ass?

          • Kim Colington on July 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

            Where is any proof to the contrary? Sounds as if some just want it to be more. Im willing to bet that these same people would plant false evidence if it would mean some white racist could be blamed. Damn a bunch of whiney race card throwing wannabe a victim types! It’s getting old. Funny cause the generations that had it rough were tough. They fought to change what they could and worked with what they couldn’t. Bet they are ashamed of where we are today!!

          • Pat on July 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

            WTHell are bothering me on a six month old article? Get a new hobby.

          • Pennyj on January 30, 2015 at 11:32 pm

            We hide stuff in mats too!! How did we get it?? We never thought to jump our dumb asses in there. Knock the shit over Sherlock then stand it back up!!
            No one jumps down these. When I was in school we didn’t and my minor in undergrad was education so I worked in a school for a while. No one EVER did that. They knocked them over.
            That’s why this is SOOOOO NOT BELIEVABLE!!

          • Get-Real on January 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

            It’s unbelievable how anyone would think a kid dove head first into a small opening in a mat yet it continued to stand straight up and stood straight up for over 24 hours.

          • Lowndes Citizen on February 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

            Because it was supported by several other mats which were standing beside and in front of the mat he was reaching into. For someone to physically place KJ into this mat is so far fetched. The explanation that he was reaching down for a shoe is extremely likely. While it is tragic, and from the slanderous things flying around on the internet it is made to sound much different than it was, it was truly an accident.

          • Get-Real on February 7, 2015 at 7:47 am

            KJ’s shoes were photographed at his FEET, NOT at his head which proves his sneakers were placed there by his killer(s), you dumb broad!

            How many more sock accounts are you going to make? Pate, YOU ARE PATHETIC!

        • guest on January 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

          Recently eaten lunch? They found him during the 2nd block. No one has been to lunch at that time — and I’m not going to touch whatever else you said.

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

            He had eaten lunch just before he entered the gym THE DAY PRIOR to the discovery of his corpse in the gym mat.

        • Pennyj on January 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

          You are crazy!! Unless kids have less brain cells than we did growing up they don’t do this shit!!

        • SamIam on June 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

          that makes no sense… if he dove into the mat…how does anyone think he would have gotten himself back out?

      • Sherri Etienne on January 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

        Thank you!!! Why not unroll the mat or knock it over? If a mat is so deep that he fell into it, couldn’t get out, suffocated and died, wouldn’t that mean the shoes were too far down to retrieve with your hands anyway? He practically had to climb down inside to reach them so you’re right, it would’ve been easier to just push the mat over, unroll it and get the shoes or damnit just find a new hiding place… And considering murder gets covered up on the regular, all this investigative stuff doesn’t prove a thing. Look at Mike Brown and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice and John Crawford… Like those, something here just ain’t adding up!

        • Rudwaan on January 17, 2015 at 11:52 am

          excellent point Sherri, what is really at the heart of this is matter of trust, Black folks do not trust the American system of Governance, Jim Crow era was maintained with Federal awareness, if there is the slightest doubt as to how he died we will always see conspiracy, it is always going to be this way, this is the elephant in the room I spoke of..

        • GUEST on January 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm

          the mat where KJ and his friend were hiding/sharing the gym shoes was in the BACK of the 18-21 rolled/stored mats. it HAD BEEN in the FRONT — but the PE teacher had the remaining mats rolled up to be ALSO stored IN THE SAME CORNER — after KJ and his friend (with a signed statement on public record) hid the shoes in the mat — the mat that USED TO BE IN THE FRONT – which was now covered by the new mats stood up in front of it. he NOR ANY ONE PERSON – COULD MOVE THESE MATS. it would be impossible to “slide” 20 mats around by one person to get to the back. it would have been impossible to tilt the mat over and reach to get the shoes from the bottom — which is what they WERE DOING — AGAIN – SWORN STATEMENT BY THREE!!! OF KJ’S FRIENDS/CLASSMATES. he could no longer push the mat over to grab the shoes from the bottom – because the mat was surrounded by new mats. this is not new or inside info. ALL IS AVAILABLE IN THE PUBLIC FILE.

          • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 12:14 am

            You do know that people lie in swore statements.
            He died in jan and many of the statements were not taken until April. At that time whatever far that needs to be spread is going to be in you. We will have collaborated stories by then. During an investigation you don’t give people that much time so that they cAnt collaborate.
            It’s strange he was out in the open for them to see him in the mat dead the next day.
            All of them jumped in the mats and made it out just fine right!! Lol
            The world believes anything this day in age.
            Issues with this…
            Who climbed down the mat and got it out the other times?
            Did the walk across the top of all of them to get to the one in the back where the shoe was?
            How did they get out?
            ……. …… #1 It is not possible to walk across the top of vertically standing mats the way they had them in the pics. They would have to be pushed super tight to her cause they will buckle, they can’t support you weight like that. – so ou couldn’t get back to the mat with you show with moving some. If you moved some…. Why not just push it over now! DUHHHH
            #1.1 if you push the tightly together to walk across the to the back one… Now the hole it not open enough for you to climb down.
            #2 you can not climb down a mat and back up backwards. If you are even able to get full in it without it buckling over, you body heat will cause you to sweat and get stuck before you get to the bottom. You would be stuck wilth your feet hanging out the top.
            #3how are my shoes off inside the mat too
            #4 what’s the likeyhood of every camera ( there were at least 4) point In That direction to go out at that time.
            #5 teachers can’t see EVERTHING but else had two in the gym. While one was at lunch the other was in there or a coach would come up since the gym was open during free periods for some students there was a staff member somewhere or availble to watch u on camera.
            Even if the camera isn’t taping the teacher can see the room from her desk. Who wasn’t anyone looking in this gym for two hours. If you allow students in it someone should be checkng.
            It’s an organized coverup for something and we may never know why. I hate it for his parents.

          • Kim Colington on July 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

            Nobody reads. They had been doing this for some time. That day other mats were rolled and stacked to be stored. So this was the only time the shoes in that mat had been in the back. The said mat could no longer be pushed!!! He thought he could get the shoes, slipped and couldn’t get out. This is horrible enough. This child died an awful death of suffocation!!! An accident.

        • Pennyj on January 30, 2015 at 11:44 pm

          omg thank you!! That is why this entire situation makes no sense and I don’t understand why people think a kid would really climb through a mat to get a shoe that was already on the floor. Kick the shit over.!!
          Mickey Mouse couldve killed him and rolled him in there but I DO know he DIDNT climb in there AND get stuck all by himself!!

          • faketony on February 1, 2015 at 1:36 am

            Mat with his shoe was behind at least 2 layers of mats, couldn`t easily be knocked over

          • Guest on February 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

            Had you ever considered he THOUGHT he could reach down to retrieve his shoe? When he reached into the mat where his shoe was now located, he became lodged and could not get himself back up. He began kicking and screaming to free himself, probably wedging him further into the mat. From that result, he kicked his tennis shoes he was wearing off and his socks got pulled around as well. No one could hear him because his voice was muffled in the mat and the gym was too large (and likely no students were in the gym at the time as it wasn’t used regularly – it was the old gym). There were multiple mats around him. It would have been quite an undertaking for someone to murder him in the gym (or elsewhere and transport his dead body into the gym unnoticed); pull all the heavy mats away from the wall to get to a back mat, roll him into the back mat and stand him back up with his dead body in it; then roll all the other heavy mats back up and place them neatly in front of the mat he was found in. All of this while no camera ever picked up these actions and no one passing by seeing or hearing anything. Don’t you realize how ridiculous the theory of killing him really is?? It was a tragic accident. I hate that he died the way he did. But truly all the evidence points to the fact that he attempted to reach the shoe on his own and when he realized it was not going to work, he slid too far into the mat and the result was fatal.

          • Kim Colington on July 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm

            How would he kick over the mat when they had just added all the other mats….making the mat with the shoes now in the back corner. Not every death, even black folks has to be murder or a white persons fault.

      • Kim Colington on July 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Did you read it? He fell through the bleachers into a rolled up mat. Due to his position he suffocated. Poor kid did no wrong, but neither did anyone else. Let him RIP. The family just wants $$ and someone, anyone to be hung for this. They are Rio ing the love people have for Kendrick.

    • guest on January 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      The GBI did a complete autopsy and found no blunt force trauma.
      The only one to claim that existed was a paid private doctor who has a history of questionable activities and was fired in Florida due to credibility issues.

      The state medical examiner sent the body with the removed organs in a trash bag – which is how all organs are treated after they have been weighed, examined, tested, and had biopsies and slides taken from each of them and those slides are SAVED/frozen and STILL in state custody. The body was sent to the funeral home chosen by the family. A black-owned funeral home who disposed of the trash bag when they prepared the body for viewing. The newspaper was used to support an empty body – which is usually done with cotton or other materials. The funeral home chose a cheaper material, but they were chosen by the family – not the cops.

      • Sherri Etienne on January 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        So what the FBI INVESTIGATED THE CRIME, the FBI investigated THE MURDERS OF King, Kennedy and Malcolm. And the Grand Jury failed to indict two cops for the murder of two unarmed blackmen one of which was caught from beginning to end on video so what’s your point? Now I don’t know what really happened to Kendrick, but I do not believe it’s as cut and dry as they’re making it out to be. Sorry… And if I’m wrong, my bad! However, if I’m right, may the perpetrators meet the exact same fate as KJ only greater.

        • Informed on February 5, 2015 at 12:09 am

          King = Kennedy = Malcolm = KJ?

          One of these is not like the others…and it’s not the white dude.

          • Sherri Etienne on February 5, 2015 at 10:16 am

            The common denominator here is the conspiracy to coverup murder at any level. My point is that just because the FBI investigated the crime and ruled it an accident doesn’t mean it’s true. Stop falling for the banana in the tailpipe bruh…

          • Guest on March 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

            Being filled with anger, hatred, rage, thoughts of revenge and walking down a road of negativity will never ever bring peace to a persons life, it doesn’t matter what race a person is, either you have a forgiving heart or you do not, if you do not then you will spend the rest of your life using all of YOUR life’s energy to “HATE”!… people like that refuse to own it claiming their behavior and thoughts are in the name of justice, you are cheating only yourself if you live with that kind of persistant hateful and never ending thoughts of vengefulness towards others. If Kendrick came back and shouted to the entire world he was NOT murdered these people that are so hell bent on hating would not hear his words and instead continue trying to destroy innocent lives all in the name of revenge,

          • Sherri Etienne on March 9, 2015 at 12:43 am

            And if it is ever proven that he was in fact murdered, then what? Bye Felicia!!!

    • Zezi on January 15, 2015 at 5:07 am

      “If”? If you still believe foul play in this case with ALL of the evidence of the outright malicious lies of the family and attorney for monetary gain in the death of their son… It’s just sad. This is a tragic accident and may this child rest in peace and may the family and supporters finally come to the realization that no one is to blame for his horrific death and celebrate his short life without all of this disrespect to his memory.

      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

        The FBI disagrees with you and is WHY they are investigating this crime.

        • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:12 pm

          Only Ben Crump and Marcus Coleman have said this is a homicide investigation and they did so to once more stir the pot and hopefully get some more donations for their never ending Go Fund Me accounts. No one in Georgia besides those two idiots have been told this is a homicide investigation.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm

            (guest) aka, Vicki L Pate, why don’t you get a job and pay off the 150K you filed in bankruptcy and pay back the bank of the home you lived for over a year, then filed for, foreclosure? YOUR HATE is catching up to you and fast. 🙂

          • Renewsit on January 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

            My goodness…this wrong bit of info shows up all over the place as some sort of talking point that has zero to do with the case. It would be like me saying Santiago Carlos Rodriguez, why don’t you stop burning your pregnant wife with cigarettes and diddling your toddler…has nothing to do with anything being discussed. Aside from that, I don’t post under fake names, what would be the point?

          • Anonymous on January 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

            You’re a nasty little cunt, aren’t you.

          • Renewsit on January 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

            Yes, what’s your point?

          • Get-Real on January 17, 2015 at 11:31 am

            WTF are you talking about, Pate, you sick btch?!

          • Santiago on January 24, 2015 at 6:33 pm

            B!tch you need to keep my name out your fucking mouth before you get dealt with

          • Renewsit on January 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm

            STFU little man, you don’t scare me, you’re a loser and wife beater, IOW, a coward. Bye.

          • Mark McGrath on April 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

            Oh gawd shut up you weak blak piece of shit.
            You aren’t going to deal with anything but that cock
            in your mouth

        • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

          Who is bent of “circumventing” the DOJ investigation? Local Valdosta civil rights leaders demanded it! It is welcomed. Just wish Michael Moore would, after a year and several months, offer some conclusions, either indictments or not, so this town can move forward.

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

            The DOJ just opened their investigation in October.

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

            October 2013. Google is your friend.

      • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 12:36 am

        I don’t care about lies. At this point I really don’t know either side well enough to trust either. This report is just trying to throw focus off fact.
        Fact, KJ was at school
        Fact, he was found dead.
        Fact, all the evidence was not tested. Only tested blood on walls in bathrroom and trash and against KJ. Didn’t look for match against anyone else.
        Fact, investigation was delayed and most of the interviews took place in April.
        Fact, family was not allowed to see their son’s body at the school. ( but students were allowed to remain i the gym went they originally took the body out after it was found then brought it back before Ems arrived.
        Fact,coroner called 4-6 hours after body was found. Scene was corrupted.
        Fact. All cameras facing ONLY that room have a hour to two hour gap during the time he died.
        Fact, one of the Bell boys was in the gym during that time. He made several trips. The last time he came out camera image was very blurry (ironically) but he comes out locker room with a new set of clothes on.
        We can’t see what his clothes look like when he went in to know why he needs change since it just HAPPENS to be blurry.
        Fact. Bell boys are only folks in the school the won’t talk n investigation.
        Fact.7 judges removed themselves from the case b/c they won’t be fair.
        Fact. I know the funeral home charged them for embalming fluid in the cost of the funeral, why was there newspaper in his body and WHERE ARE HIS ORGANS!!!
        Sooooo many conspiracies!!!! These are facts not he say she say!!! Something’s not right because they are trying to hard to cover it up.

        This article….After looking at those pics it does look like it is the autopsy photos before the put him back together( but a pic doesn’t change anything) honestly his family is doing the same thing with that picture that was done with trayVon Martin. One side showed him as a thug the other side show him as a eight year old boy. ….. They may have done dirt with the money. Who knows but that does not change the fact that we still don’t know what happened. To their son.

        • faketony on February 1, 2015 at 1:34 am

          You have many facts wrong.
          Example: The boys did speak to the police.

          (If you, PennyJ, where accused of murdering someone, would you hire a lawyer and follow that lawyer`s advice?)

          Please get the police report and read it.

          Hard to believe but there are people from the Occupy Atlanta/ Occupy Valdosta groups working to obfuscate the facts in this case to win a large settlement.

        • Guest on February 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

          Please do tell where your “facts” have come from? The Bell boy did not go into the gym. He was loading the bus to prepare for leaving for the competition. The fact that he changed likely means that he was hot and sweaty from loading. I don’t recall any evidence that he went into the gym where KJ was found. The coroner could not have entered the crime scene until the evidence was processed to prevent further contamination, so he would have been waiting for hours. The funeral home was chosen by the family and from what I understand, they performed the services for free or next to free. If I had been implicated in a murder, I would also not talk to authorities, as I recommend anyone to do the same. The evidence can tell the story, which it clearly has in this case. The Bell boys were not charged because they haven’t done anything wrong. The judges stepped back because they WANTED a fair process! Everyone is saying that this is all a cover-up so they removed themselves from the bench. CSI didn’t process evidence deemed to be unrelated at the scene for various reasons. One being that a shoe had paint on it and not blood! Did anyone actually know the CSI was black as well? But I’m sure he is being accused in the “cover-up” because he worked with Lowndes County. The sheer number of people that would have to be involved in this as a cover-up would never stand up! Someone along the way would not cooperate. People, please stop with all the false accusations and making people think Lowndes County is this corrupt, murderous town! I love living here, and my children love attending the Lowndes County schools. And NO, they weren’t involved in the “cover-up” either!

    • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Johnson’s shoes were found and photography at his feet. IF Johnson was retrieving his shoes, the shoes would be up by his head.

      KJ was murdered!

      • the thuth on January 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

        You need to get real and move on. I am sure you will find more ways to steal money that is not yours.

        • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

          Another sick troll who doesn’t make a bit of sense. Who knew! lol

      • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

        There you go again misrepresenting the

        There are two pairs of shoes involved, one a pair of black with white stripe high-top gym shoes and one a pair of white low-cut Adidas.

        Kendrick entered the gym wearing his white Adidas street shoes to look for his black gym shoes he kept in/by the mats and shared with another student. He recovered one and set it up on the mats and when the coaches pulled down the mats to recover his body, the black gym sneakers fell to the gym floor. It can be seen in one of the incident photos (and is not to be confused with the grey high-top, orange laced sneaker found by the bleachers.)

        Kendrick then reached down into a mat against the wall to recover his other black gym sneaker
        still wearing his white Adidas street shoes. That is when he became entrapped.

        That 2nd black gym shoe can be seen in a different incident photo sitting in blood and body fluids that drained from Kendrick upside down body.

        • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm

          When did you obtain the ‘superpower’ of talking to the dead?

          NOW you claim you know what KJ was thinking, what he did, how he did it and when he did it and you now claim to know his every move when in fact you don’t and there is no way on earth how you would know, is beyond disturbing and twisted.

          As I said before, go find an idiot to sell your BS to.

          • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

            No need to thank me, you`re welcome.

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

            Don’t clog up my email with your nonsense anymore. Thanks

          • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

            Clogging up your email.. sorry, that`s gotta suck for you.

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

            But you know better exactly what happened with ZERO credible evidence to back up your position. You can read the minds of the Bell brothers and know precisely what they did and why they did it, even though neither of them was anywhere near the gym around the time KJ died.

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

            I never mentioned the Bell boys. And I’m not investigating, the DOJ IS!

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

            Funny, you seem willing discard the only reasonable conclusions based on available evidence, though. On what basis do you do that? Facts hurt your feelings much?

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

            WTF? lol

            Take it up with the DOJ.

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

            Have a hard time understanding concepts of basic logic, do you?

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

            Do you need the DOJ’s phone number?

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

            Not at all. After 14 months I don’t think there’s anything left to be shared with the feds.

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

            Go bother some idiot, k?

          • faketony on January 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

            “Go bother some idiot, k?”

            We want to HELP you!? ok??

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 11:07 am

            But you’re so fun to toy with.

          • Informed on February 5, 2015 at 12:32 am

            …and when the DOJ comes out and says that KJ’s death was an accident you’ll say they’re in on the conspiracy as well?

          • Get-Real on February 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

            PATE, you’re sad as hell. I almost feel bad for you.

          • Guest on February 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

            The videos you claim are edited were very likely edited….by the Johnson family and their legal team! That’s what you do when you have to falsify a murder. The evidence and testimony concurs with what faketony has said, so he doesn’t have to “talk to the dead”. He has gotten his information from the facts instead of from the media and social sites. And to clear this up, no blood was on the shoe at the bottom of the mat because the blood dripped as it pooled and slowly ran out from his orifices and then ran down the side of the mat where it pooled UNDER his shoe. Had he been beaten and bleeding from said beating, blood would have been pouring from his body down onto the shoe and splattering up on the shoe. It’s a little thing called evidence. Stop watching tv crime shows and think you have all the answers.

          • Get-Real on February 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm

            Pate, get a life, you lonely broke ass bitch

        • faketony on January 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

          I am correcting my mistatement.

          Kendrick wore white low-cut Nikes with a touch of orange and grey soles as his street school and the black high-top w/ white trim gym schools he shared with a few other boys were Adidas.

        • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 12:40 am

          The blood that drained from him…. That blood is on the floor UNDER THE SHOE, but no blood on the shoe. Seems like the shoe was just placed there to me.

          • faketony on February 1, 2015 at 1:04 am

            If you haven`t seen it yet view the incident scene video shot by CSI Thorton (I don`t know why it should matter but it does, he is Black)
            Kendrick would have bled and drained stomach contents mostly from his mouth and nose, and lesser I suppose from his eyes(?) and ears(?)

            If the shoe was behind his head none of the drainage would be evident on top of the shoe.

          • Informed on February 5, 2015 at 12:29 am

            The white areas around the stitches of the black and white shoe are red when they’re supposed to be black. And the lace appears soaked in blood. But that doesn’t fit your conspiracy narrative.

        • SamIam on June 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

          so he reached down while his body was inside the mat, grabbed a shoe and miraculously placed on to of the mat he was inside of? that’s amazing.

      • Citizen and bystander on January 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        Well if you have the evidence to support your claim “KJ was murdered!” Please do come forward with it, as all they have now is it was a “Tragic accident”
        I myself was not there nor do I hold any evidence to support the case either way.
        What I find so sad about all of it other than the loss of a young life, is the great division it is bringing our town.

      • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm

        There were 2 pairs of shoes, moron. One at the bottom of the mat (which it is thought he was reaching fore) and one at the top of the mat (which it is thought he was wearing and might have kicked off). Do your research. This woman researched the public records. You can too. Or you can continue to be led by liars who only want money.

      • SamIam on June 21, 2015 at 8:19 am

        there were two pairs of shoes…one at the bottom of the mat and one at the top…. what doesn’t make sense is why he would ‘dive’ in to the mat head first without any way to get back out.. anyone else would have tipped it over…

        • Pat on June 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

          Oh for cripes sakes, FIVE MONTHS later?!

          There were no shoes found at the top of Kendricks head, you dumb moronic desperate fool. Now get lost and sell your BS to an idiot.

    • kim on July 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

      His organs were removed by the State Medical examiner when the autopsy was done. The funeral home received the body with out the organs so they put the newspaper in. This sounds horrible but you have probably seen shows on TV where an autopsy is done and they are weighing the organs. Why they were not kept by the Medical examiner I don’t know. I don’t what the standard practice is there. However the funeral home was sued by the parents and found NOT to be at fault. Apparently saw dust is another thing some funeral homes use to put inside the body when they are preparing it for open casket etc. It most likely depends on how much decomposition has happened etc. The first time I heard about this the report made it sound like he was found without his organs. Some of this stuff is so inflammatory. Also the pic they posted all over of his face was taken AFTER autopsy. He was NOT found looking like that.
      I think people should be accountable for intentionally skewing the way things look just to get emotions stirred up and get the reactions they want. It is good to ask questions and show concern over things that don’t look right but find out about processes that you don’t know about.

  2. Rynard Watson on January 15, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I may be wrong because I have not seen the facts from reports however as a licensed embalmer I haven’t seen a body come back from an autopsy without the organs since working in state of Al back in the early 80’s! Late 70’s there was newspaper used along with other fillers because back then the autopsy lab kept the organs! As of today it’s been years since I didn’t receive them back! I don’t know as I stated but I’ll never be convinced he fell or crawled into a mat that he couldn’t get out of and even then there should have been enough air to keep him alive until he could get someone’s attn ! I feel without seeing all evidence that KJ was killed and Lowndes county covered it up well! Please show me reports instead of your opinion that he was killed accidentally! Your to close to the school and LCSD!

    • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 2:08 am

      Rynard, a good starting point for information, google ‘renewsit’ and go to her site and read up.

      Could you please help me understand the process by describing how the typical body comes back from the Medical Examiner? You are the expert here. (I`m trying to figure where Kendrick`s internal organs went)

      Are clothing usually returned with the corpse?
      Is the body returned in a body bag or something else?
      Is the body usually sewn up by the M.E.?
      Are the internal organs in a bag sewn inside the chest cavity or in a bag outside the body?
      Typically what does the funeral home do with the bag of organs?
      Would a funeral home dispose of the internal organs to control odor or maybe because they a biologic hazard?


      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

        Viki L Pate who owns the renewsit blog, is a POS racist troll who spends her life harassing African American’s and their families and in particular, the Johnson family.

      • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 12:50 am

        I’m not a coroner but we had this done to a family member well several.
        -Clothing go to the funeral home with the body- in this case they don’t know where KJ’s are b/c they keep losing evidence
        – not sure how the body is returned
        – yes the ME sews the body back up puts all organs in one bag places that bag inside the body sews it in.
        – funeral home leaves organs in bag they don’t put them back in place. Then the embalm and try to cover up the stitches so you look like something for the funeral
        – I don’t know the last answer

        • faketony on February 1, 2015 at 12:44 am

          Thank you for that Pennyj.
          I can`t quickly find it… there is a CNN video with Victor Blackwell that discusses the reason the Johnson family is suing Harrington Funeral home.

          Harrington admits disposing of the cloths and their lawyer admitted disposing of the organs but then retracted the statement.

          Johnsons believe Harrington did it to coverup/destroy evidence.

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 2:12 am

      I’m not close to to any of them. The mat was one in the back of 18 other mats stacked vertically.
      It HAD BEEN one of only 2/3 mats, but the rest of the mats were rolled up & put in the same corner- thus making what was once a few mats standing alone now a ton of mats stacked together.
      One person could not turn over one mat from inside upside down. Watch the demonstrations online.
      But in addition- there were approx 20 mats stacked beside, in front, around & in the same corner. NO ONE could have pushed all 20 mats over from inside one.
      Also in the video demonstration online, you will see that the kid inside the mat for just a few seconds turned red, began to run out of air, and could not be heard by people standing RIGHT BESIDE HIM IN ONLY ONE MAT- much less 20 stacked around one with someone inside.

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 2:17 am

      No one has ever said the body came back without organs or came back with Newspaper inside it from the state medical examiner’s office.
      The GBI has reported emphatically in reports- read VDT – that they returned the body WITH ORGANS INSIDE THE CAVITY INSIDE OF A BAG- & with NO NEWSPAPER.
      That was done by the family’s funeral home.
      They may not want to admit they threw them away, but the state medical examiner & all the technicians involved in Macon- DO NOT KNOW anyone involved in this case.
      Why would the state office lie & cover up for 2 brothers in Lowndes County?

      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:30 am

        You have NO PROOF of the BS you’re posting. Who are you Leigh or the racist POS Viki L Pate?

        • Anon on January 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

          I really feel like you’re more racist than anyone here. You’re laying blame on black men and white men that couldn’t have committed this murder. What’s your answer for the boys that have the airtight allibi? The fact that you have to continue to call people by names of those whom you do not like, shows your character. Base your accusations on facts instead of what you want to be real. What happened to Kendrick is a tragedy. A Father and mother lost their son. People lost their friend. It was an accident, a tragic one. Can we please let this boy rest now?

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:37 am

            “Can we please let this boy rest now?”

            Who the F are YOU to post that crap when that kid is NOT YOURS, you sick POS?!

            That’s how sick, deranged and depraved you are, Pate!

          • Renewsit on January 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

            It’s like trying to reason with a challenged child, might work after years of patience and diligence, but who has that sort of time to waste on complete strangers?

      • ANONYMOUS on January 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        They would want to lie BC ONE of the BROTHERS attends FSU. duh

        • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm

          “They would want to lie BC ONE of the BROTHERS attends FSU. duh”

          Do you realize how silly that sounds?


    • GuestDavid on January 22, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      THANK YOU!! They got the accuser on camera with blood on his shirt and carrying a bag of bloody clothing. Common sense isn’t that common is it?? Even the Bell kids own friends were shouting him out on twitter about “knocking niggas out last night” and this quote from Brian Bell who supposedly has an “airtight alibi” yet still found reason to delete his twitter “beat that nigga ass last night”-Brian Bell .. This is all public information but when your daddy is in the FBI you wont go down for anything. Peace to the person who mentioned the numerous murders of Black men that the FBI concluded were’nt murders yet went back on their word upon further investigation. I would just love to see the outcome if ethnicity were reversed. I’d bet my life if Brian Bell accidentally died, it would have been changed to murder already, I WILL BET MY LIFE. This just is’nt right and I dont get it, I love all people and I’d be fighting just as hard for a white kid. We’re talking about KIDS here smmfh.

      • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 12:57 am

        Thank you everyone acts like they didn’t see the bell boy go back and forth to the gym. Before the cut the tape. But then they showed him go with a full change of clothes!! Why did he change clothes what did he do in the gym?

  3. Taxpayer on January 15, 2015 at 3:14 am

    The Johnson family is now seeking an unspecified amount of money from several of the people named in the suit.

    On Friday, the family of Kendrick Johnson filed a newly amended civil action lawsuit against Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Pine and the Lowndes County School district in the death of their son, Kendrick.

    The new suit came just two days after all the judges from the Lowndes County Superior Court recused themselves from the case.

    In the newly amended suit, the Johnson family asks the court for an unspecified amount in damages and other fees. The suit also goes into further detail about how the family believes there’s a conspiracy to cover up what really happened to their son.

    The amended suit names the Sheriff, the school’s Superintendent, members of the GBI, the funeral director, and others. It says each of these people were part of a mass-cover up to protect a local family in Valdosta.

    WCTV will not be naming that family, because as of now, no member has been charged with any crime. Their family attorney, had this to say about the amended lawsuit:

    “The allegations naming [the minors] are totally baseless, as is the statement that [the father] was involvement in a cover-up of a murder which did not take place.”

    Also, the Lowndes County Attorneys office said in a written statement:

    “We have received and reviewed the Amended Complaint filed by the Johnsons and their lawyer. The accusations made against Sheriff Prine are unfounded and lack any basis in law or in fact. We will respond further on behalf of Sheriff Prine through the Courts.”

    Attorneys for the Johnson family did not return our request for comment. We’re told the family..along with the Lowndes County School District, will be in federal court Wednesday as part of the wrongful death suit filed by the Johnson

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Johnson family seeks $100 million from the City of Valdosta (whose VPD did not handle the investigation, the only connection to the death of KJ is the VPD crime lab held the body prior to transport to GBI Medical Examiner’s office). They name 38 people in their court filings. As has been said numerous times, as has been told to the Johnson family since the investigation was closed by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Dept, there is no credible evidence that he was murdered, and there is definitely no way that the accused boys and their father the FBI agent could have been involved.

      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

        “there is no credible evidence that he was murdered”

        Is that WHY the DOJ has taken this case?!

  4. Real supporter on January 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Justice 4 Kendrick Johnson. Fuck that lady. She been against the family since day 1. The NAACP chapter in valdosta ain’t bout shit. They are a joke. The city been racist. I can go on for days bout shit that have happened here. But justice for Kendrick is the topic. That boy was murdered. And if you ain’t from valdosta. You shouldn’t be saying shit anyways. Cause you just like that dumb ass lady. LOST……. And we will get justice. You can bet that. #BPA

    • Honest black man on January 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      What are you and the rest of the apes going to burn and loot the town like in Ferguson? Where by the way that punk was served his due justice.
      Probably the best thing for all of you to do is understand this boy brought on his own death by no other hands, and his family/supporters have just made a circus out of this entire situation.
      Now before Mr. or Mrs. Get-Real decide to respond to this, I have read ALL of your post on here and see you claim to be a white person and you seem to know EVERYTHING. News flash for you you know nothing.
      I am a very well educated black male American that has raised 3 very proper children, who has but one thing to say about slavery and how bad we all have it because of it. Bull our own people sold our people into slavery and to other countries long before the United States.
      None of us are owed ANYTHING but a chance to prove yourself.
      So you can either be part of the RIGHT solution or continue to be THE problem.
      Real supporter and Get-Real you both fall into the later.

      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        Yep, you’re ‘real educated’ and bllllaaaaacckkk too! lol!!!

        “Honest black man Real supporter • 2 minutes ago”

        “What are you and the rest of the apes going to burn and loot the town like in Ferguson?”

        What a sad racist pup.. smh

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      I see one of the Johnson family has brought their highly polished vernacular to the party.

      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:22 pm

        “I see one of the Johnson family has brought their highly polished vernacular to the party.”

        Vicki L Pate, you give your bigoted self away, in just a glance.

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      that’s so funny that you bust on the Valdosta NAACP chapter WHICH SHE LEFT in July 2013. You don’t like the Valdosta NAACP, hey, I’m sure she agrees with you BECAUSE SHE LEFT IT dummy

  5. Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Leigh Touchton is NO EXPERT in anything and certainly not in crime scene investigation. Why anyone would consider this whacked out crazed woman an ‘expert’ and present that as fact in an article, has not done their homework and is not interested in the truth to find why Kendrick Johnson was murdered!

    Leigh Touchton even went to the length and gave Kendrick Johnson’s full case file including his autopsy pictures to a sick pathetic racist troll named, Viki L Pate from Texas. Pate (@re_newsit) then posted KJ’s autopsy pictures to her racist blog and then repeatedly contacted Jackie Johnson, KJ’s mother, repeatedly on twitter with the photos, threatening and harassing her. The story is below.

    Viki L Pate gets her sick thrills by stalking and harassing African America families who have lost their children to violence and or murder.

    “Kendrick Johnson’s Autopsy Photos Anonymously Leaked To The Public”

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Leigh Touchton is a private citizen who investigated this case on behalf of two civil rights organizations: Valdosta NAACP and Valdosta SCLC along with a dozen black people who belong to these groups. Both groups voted not to support the Kendrick Johnson family. You can go and get all the same public records and talk to all the same public officials she talked to. It is just amazing to see the absolute ignorance that you parade under an anonymous name. The autopsy photographs were released to the public by a local judge in response to a lawsuit filed BY THE JOHNSON FAMILY. The facts mean nothing to you, you just hate white people and you want all white people to pay for the sins of other white people. No one in Valdosta had anything to do with Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, or Trayvon Martin.

      • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

        In fact, fool, Valdosta stood in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. The social movement for justice does not extend to “crucify all white people because they are white.

        • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:03 pm

          Pate (guest), your hate is catching up to you and fast.

    • Guest on January 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      The unredacted case file given to public in October 2013 by order of judge, this case file included the school videotapes and the autopsy photographs. All media and everyone else can get it. The Johnsons filed the lawsuit demanding its release. Not sure what crazy train of nonsense you are currently riding but you don’t have the facts.

      • Renewsit on January 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        This person just has a severe case of the red ass for me and spends 24/7 on social media paranoid and seeing me behind every post. Not sure why, it’s not as if I’m shy about posting my opinions. Anyway, doesn’t matter what you say or if you have video of KJ crawling into the mat, this person suffers from positional ignorance and will suffocate from it eventually….hopefully sooner rather than later.

        • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm

          “Vicki L Pate (renewsit), you ‘shook down’ the courts when you refused to pay your bills and declared bankruptcy for 150K. You also ‘shook down’ your mortgage company when you never paid a single mortgage payment (FRAUD) while sitting your jobless a** in a home for an entire year before your home went into foreclosure and the bank took back the house you never made a payment on.

          Your closet is full of skeletons, Vicki Lagay Pate, more to come… :)”

          • Renewsit on January 16, 2015 at 11:04 pm

            You seem awfully upset…and you are more than making my point. Btw, you have no idea what you are talking about…but go on with your bad self….I’m sure everyone is refreshing the page to see your next big reveal.

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm

            You’re a racist, a fraud and a con artist, why on earth would I be mad, Vicki Lagay Pate?

  6. Kacey on January 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    This article filled me with more questions than anything. One of them being, why was this child’s body filled with newspaper? Why were his internal organs removed? Did anyone ever address/figure that out?

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      The family chose the funeral home, talk to them.

  7. THE REAL TRUTH on January 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    VALDOSTA – The family of Kendrick Johnson has filed a $100 million lawsuit that names 38 people they have accused of either causing their son’s death or conspiring to cover it up.

    Oh the irony of it all, we never cared about our son until we figured out how to make money off of him. What a bunch of pathetic poor excuses of human beings.

    • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      “we never cared about our son until we figured out how to make money off of him”

      What HOLE did you crawl out of, you depraved bigoted lil’ man?

      • THE REAL TRUTH on January 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        Oh how I would love the chance to meet you face to face with you not hiding behind your key board. I could show you all about lil man.

        • faketony on January 15, 2015 at 6:42 pm

          “Oh how I would love the chance to meet you face to face with you not hiding behind your key board. I could show you all about lil man”

          So lil’ man how are you different than the Johnson family and Johnson family supporters threatening the accused 38 people?

      • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

        J Rad, whistle a different tune. Your autorepeat response of “bigot” is really boring and getting old. It’s not even a clever dodge.

        • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

          J Rad??? I don’t care what you think and who asked you to troll my a**, TROLL?!

          • Weston Preston on January 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

            Hit a nerve, did I? ROFL

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

            Nope, troll, not at all. 😉

          • faketony on January 16, 2015 at 10:54 am

            “J Rad??? I don’t care what you think and who asked you to troll my a**, TROLL?!”

            Good morning Get Real, shall we have another go at it today???

            I`ve read three factual mistakes your`ve made.

            Distracted much? TGIF 🙂

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

            Ahhhh.. the non-American, troll, is back at it today.

            Hey, did your own country kick you to the curb?

  8. Genevieve on January 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This will be a story we will never get the truth about. What is this “air tight alibi”? Unless it involves time stamps or something it’s not air tight if the brothers are just covering for each other. This could also be an accident. It seems fishy to me, but its possible. I don’t think the initial investigators cared enough to really do due diligence in the beginning so here we are.

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      It’s in the case file and numerous media outlets published it. Do some research. Or just follow the mob and grab some torches and pitchforks.

      • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:39 pm

        Bankruptcy for well over 150K, Vicki Pate?

      • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 1:10 am

        Doesn’t seem like you’ve seen it all If you think he has an air tight alibi

    • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

      It’s not air tight cause was walking around the school going back and forth in the gym at the time Kj was killed. At one point he comes out with something on his hands but the picture is blurry( ironically) then he goes and changes clothes and doesn’t go back in the gym.
      So his is not air tight!! Unless he has people lying for him.

      • faketony on February 1, 2015 at 12:28 am

        I don`t believe you know what you`re looking at, where they are, who they are, or what they are doing… you are repeating a lie you read some where else.

  9. Doc on January 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Facts are FACTS:
    *Paramedic refused to touch or move body as his experience let him to conclude that the scene was a Homicide (MURDER).
    *Paramedic resigned and moved out of local area to continue his career as result of his professional recommendation.
    *Coroner was not called until 6 hours after body discovered (Illegal; Violation of State Law).
    *There are TWO(2) Coroner’s Reports by which one of them have statements deleted.
    *Second Autopsy identifies blunt force trauma.
    *Crime scene was compromised! According to most pics released, protective shoe wear was not worn by several of the on-scene officials. Blood on the walls and on “paper towels” found in the trash can in the girls restroom said the Coroner; yet, this statement was changed/ downplayed to “a tissue with blood on it” by a Lt. Stryde Jones’. Paper towels or a tissue? Get it together LCSO!
    *Wrestling team, coach, and bus driver departure time discrepancies clearly identifies “foul play”.

    *School video footage was mishandled.
    *DOJ has an open case that has incurred three (3) grand jury trails thus far.
    *Local Judges have recused themselves from the case.
    *The VSU student body associations such as Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity) provided evidence-based research that concludes KJ was murdered, and there is a cover up.

    To those who do not believe a cover up this large could occur does not know the history of Valdosta. Google ‘Sydney Johnson’. Kendrick Johnson is Sydney Johnson! Over 700 people participated in the lynching, castration, and dragging of his body from the downtown courthouse through the city all the way down Patterson Street to Morven, GA. And this is less than a century before the discovery of this child’s body found rolled up in a mat. Notice all reports say his body was found rolled up, and not stuck or lodged in a mat. Hmmm?…

    Ohh, by the way, I am a Doctor who has been researching this case since 9:15 AM EST on January 11, 2013 when a partner and I received text messages from Valdosta High School students stating a dead body is at Lowndes High School; however, if you research the time 911 was called you will notice I got a head start from students at another school on the other side of town. I was on the scene by 11 AM (before the Coroner), and I still have not heard or read the initial statements that I received from students during the first 24-48 hours. That’s why US Attorney Micheal Moore has control of this case due to some very sensitive information existing that tie the circumstances together.

    • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      No paramedic was resigned and left area, no paramedic refused to touch body, the death scene had been processed by Forensic Investigator James Thornton and it was cleared for body to be transported to Valdosta Crime Lab. Scene had been compromised by about 300 students running all over it in previous 24 hours. No blood except for one really old stain on wall, a trail of droplets identified as female and girl testified she had cut on eye and others corroborated it from winter color guard practice night before, and KJ’s blood in the mat, second autopsy conducted by private pathologist accused of ethics violations, bus request is not the only “proof” fool, there are cell phone records, wrestling tournament weigh ins, and the coaches, bus driver, all the students left at 12:30 and he’s seen on camera at 1:30—quit listening to Crump and Coleman and King! They are lying for MONEY

      • Guest on January 15, 2015 at 7:31 pm

        Thornton is black, not that it should matter, but apparently it does.

        • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:20 pm

          Vicki Pate, you’re on your last leg.

          • guest on January 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

            You are the racist. Tell us, are they paying you for your “activism” Marcus Coleman?

          • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:33 pm

            Vicki, you are and have been exposed and hopefully sued AGAIN!. You’re going no where, fast.

      • Activist on January 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        I listen to Stryde Jones, Chris Prine, and Bill Watson. I wish VPD would have assigned a detective to this case since it occurred in city limits. If you listen to the Coroner only, you will get all the above facts provided by Doc. So, an eye cut needs paper towels (plural) or a single tissue to stop bleeding or start blood clotting? Coroner said paper towelS, and Stryde said a tissue. Which one? You mention droplets, but the reports say this blood was found in the trash can in the girl’s restroom, so truly a girl would give the obvious alibi, but my question to you and LCSO is why are there more than 3 counts of blood from 3 different individuals all in one crime scene? Is this a brutal, bloody school system that bleeds everywhere and no one cleans it up until a dead body is discovered? This is important, right?… Doc never mentioned what time anyone was seen on camera. There are too many discrepancies with the film itself. I am a peer of the Paramedic who now resides in Florida, so you lie! Finally, why was KJ’s body held in the Crime lab by Thorton for 3 days before being transferred to Macon for autopsy? Once “no foul play” was ruled, the body should have been transferred to SGMC for an autopsy, then released to the family/funeral home. The funeral home owners are black also; yet, they testified that the organs were not sent back with the body. This is not an honest mistake in the modern society of forensics. The newspaper stuffing is not an issue, the missing organs is the issue. There are people with $MILLIONS requesting to finding out what happened to KJ, so MONEY is not an issue. It’s been two years, and the opposers are still pulling the ‘MONEY’ Card. Really? That’s like saying black people should give up on reparations and accept that slavery was their chosen fate. The KJ family should give up that their son was murdered even though there is supporting evidence.

        • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 1:24 am

          Yes!!! I love you!!! I love it when someone comes in here thinking they know everything and gets shut down!!! That fact that you and the doc know someone that or was personally there that seals it.
          You have said what I’ve been thinking all along. What took so long. Is it sanitary to just leave that OLD BLOOD there all that time!! LIES!!!

      • Pennyj on January 31, 2015 at 1:18 am

        You might be an idiot!!! When KJ was at lunch a wrestler was in there!! So they were not gone at 12:30. B/ c you try to be smart get you facts straight. They were out of class but it was confirmed they weren’t gone. People were lying. We say him on camera and they said that particular was at the tournament/ meet!!

        • faketony on February 1, 2015 at 12:20 am

          Why would it matter if Kendrick was last seen going into the old gym at ~1:28pm?

          • AnotherDem on March 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

            According to Johnson family attorney Chevene King, Kendrick Johnson was last seen on school surveillance video at 1:09 p.m. that day entering the gymnasium.

          • faketony on March 3, 2015 at 11:20 pm

            Once again you are wrong AnotherDem as is that ignorant Chevene King.

            Look up where the bus with the older brother going to the wrestling tourney in Macon pinged off the cell tower about that time…

            Keep UP! with the facts AnotherDem or you`re a dinosaur!!

      • AnotherDem on March 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        That paramedic gave his professional opinion and was fired.

  10. Just a Thought on January 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Those photos are horrible. If anything ever happen to my child I would never spread pictures like that across the world. To answer Sherrie’s question about the organs-After they remove the organs during an autopsy they stuff the body with something, sometimes paper. No crime here. Just a horrible mistake by a teen that had his whole life in front of him. You would think a tragic loss of one of our community’s young teens would bring us closer together as a community but instead it has brought racism, Al Sharpton, and law suits against racist magazines that love to fuel hate into black lives. To Rudwann- no it’s not possible for one young black male to unroll a mat weighing several hundred pounds and 38ft long. Do your research instead of always thinking the worst. I’m a 29 BLACK male and I can see this is nonsense.

    • Activist on January 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      “they” do not stuff the body with anything! The body is stuffed by the funeral home. The autopsy procedure is to place the organs in a bag and place inside the “Y” incision, and sutured up inside to be with the body at all times post autopsy. Right, no crime on the funeral home’s part, but the professional autopsy made the mistake, and left this can of worms opened! Research and find out how rare leaving the organs out of a body is in today’s forensics.

  11. Guest on January 15, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Samuel F. Mosteller: The local SCLC Chapter in Valdosta led by Rev. Floyd Rose has been proactive in so many of the most relevant civil rights cases of our times, the Quitman 10+2 and the Johnson case and other significant cases. The Valdosta Chapter leadership was trained by Dr. King himself. There has been a lot of talk about White membership in the SCLC Chapters in Georgia. The White members that we do have are very active and have to by nature be controversial. Ms. Alli…son Leigh Touchton Parsons has been interviewed on radio, TV, and several newspapers and magazines on the Johnson case. There is no one who knows more about the Johnson case than Rev. Rose and Allison. They developed the case with the family to make it a national case. The day that the Johnson child was found in the gym Rev. Rose was at the school investigating, the first rally the Johnson’s had was at Rev. Rose’s church free of charge(all monies raised was given to the Johnsons) The first march was organized by SCLC. When the Johnsons went to jail Rev. Floyd Rose put up his house to get them out. When Rev. Rose offered a $10,000.00 reward for credible information concerning the Johnson case no information was forthcoming. Allison Leigh Touchton Parsons was involved all thru-out the case without complaint. The GBI conducted an autopsy and their findings were not satisfactory to the family. The SCLC assisted the family in raising funds for a forensic scientist and exhuming the body. When the forensic scientist disagreed with each other the SCLC decided to take it to the department of Justice. That is where the case is now. There is no higher authority than the Department of Justice. The SCLC has done all that a civil rights organization can or should do in a civil right case. The leadership of all civil rights organizations need to be leery of those who rush to judgment not knowing the specifics of a case and change the subject to whether or not we need White people as members within the organization. I am backing my leadership- Rev. Samuel Mosteller “I won’t be bossed by White folks and I won’t be bullied by Black folks!”~ Rev. Floyd Rose

    • Get-Real on January 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      Pate, ENOUGH!

      • faketony on January 16, 2015 at 11:23 am

        ‘Pate, ENOUGH!’

        I doubt she will listen, she can`t be bullied.

        Other day I listened to a radio show where Ali Rashad Richey and Marcus Coleman tried to buly Leigh Touchton on air.

        Touchton is one strong woman too who can`t be bullied.

        What does it say about these men?

        • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 11:25 am

          “Vicki L Pate (guest), you ‘shook down’ the courts when you refused to pay your bills and declared bankruptcy for 150K. You also ‘shook down’ your mortgage company when you never paid a single mortgage payment (FRAUD) while sitting your jobless a** in a home for an entire year before your home went into foreclosure and the bank took back the house you never made a payment on.

          Your closet is full of skeletons, Vicki Lagay Pate, more to come… :)”

          • Realist on January 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

            You poor ignorant soul. You are as racist as the white people you accuse. You are as blind as the officials you accuse and your only defense is to assume one is either “pate” or “Leigh” and in the instance that your wrong you pad your accusations with TROLL or BIGOT. You in no way help yourself or the black race as a whole when you merely act the way that you are portrayed. Feel free to take a shot at any grammatical errors or grab a thesaurus and find another name by which to call me by but it will only prove my observation.

            It’s time to see what you really know….or don’t know…

            Please take the time to read any sum of articles and post excerpts that are false with their references as well. Don’t forget to back up your response to the false statements with references also as your opinion is neither credible nor desired. I’m asking you to prove me and the rest of the law wrong. Can you do it? I’ll be waiting.

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

            How many troll accounts will you make, Vicki Lagay Pate?

            You need psychiatric help.

          • Renewsit on January 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm

            ROFL, and right away he/she makes your point.

          • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm

            How many more troll accounts will you make, Vicki Lagay Pate? This is getting ridiculously pathetic.

            Vicki L Pate (renewsit & guest), you ‘shook down’ the courts when you refused to pay your bills and declared bankruptcy for 150K. You also ‘shook down’ your mortgage company when you never paid a single mortgage payment (FRAUD) while sitting your jobless a** in a home for an entire year before your home went into foreclosure and the bank took back the house you never made a payment on.


    • Anonymous on January 16, 2015 at 12:19 am

      Here we go referencing Dr. King. Do you know or are you aware of Dr. King’s final days and testimonies? He (Dr. King) feared he had brought his people into a ‘burning building’. Civil rights began in the 60’s and for some odd reason the American citizens believe everything is okay post-integration. Well, the truth is it is not okay. Civil rights was the beginning of the movement. Rev. Rose should still be in the Johnson’s corner until proven otherwise. Who gave Rev. Rose just cause to blast and ‘re-nig’ on the Johnson family? Sure wasn’t the DOJ because they not sharing info with NO ONE. Rev. Rose made this decision based on what he was told by the officials who are apart of the cover up. It’s ironic that Touchton filed a lawsuit against VSU briefly after being fired, and she ran to the NAACP for title purposes and backing; yet, she the same one talking about MONEY is the reason why the Johnson Family pursues. The concerned citizens of the United States wants have answers just as much as the Johnson Family. The statement should be “I have been BOSSED by white folks, and I won’t be bullied by black folks because I am black and I can tell them whatever I please”. Rev. Rose clearly LAID down on the job. The SCLC in Valdosta is a joke. Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC, is not representing the purpose of its organization, and Dr. King is rolling in his grave on his official birthday. I bet you believe his birthday is the 3rd Monday of January.

      • Guest on January 16, 2015 at 7:46 am

        Touchton received the Medgar Evers award from Region V NAACP for her activism at VSU for the LIving Wage campaign. She received the largest settlement of any non-tenured professor in the university system because it was clear to the Board of Regents that she was retaliated against solely for her civil rights activism. She never filed a lawsuit, because the Chancellor of the Board of Regents sent his attorney down to Valdosta with a large check. She certainly never accused innocent people of murder nor posted threats on social media to kill them nor did she create videos advertising their faces and their locations to the whole world in order to publicly harass them and cause unhinged haters to stalk them and possibly do worse. Rev Rose stands up for the truth. You stand up for lies and physical threats in order to “shake down” a monetary settlement.

        • Get-Real on January 16, 2015 at 7:51 am

          Vicki L Pate, you ‘shook down’ the courts when you refused to pay your bills and declared bankruptcy for 150K. You also ‘shook down’ your mortgage company when you never paid a single mortgage payment while sitting your jobless a** in a home for an entire year before your home went into foreclosure.

          Your closet is full of skeletons, Vicki, more to come… 🙂

        • Shut it Down on January 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

          Can we agree that the Johnson Family, over EVERYTHING, is being retaliated on solely for their civil (parental) rights activism? Jackie and Ken continue to ask for justice. It’s been two years, and they continue their efforts daily. The community has witnessed more justice because of those two in two years than they have in 50 years. Kendrick’s Law is legit legislation. Why won’t we allow the Johnson’s their rights and due diligence? Parental intuition is highly accurate, and we do not know what they ‘ultimately’ know. Suspicion is easily identified by the students’ on-going confrontation, by which the parents have the right to express their concerns such as the boy who hit KJ in the lunch line is apart of this on-going confrontation that all parents were sharing equal experience(s). The Johnson’s are obviously ‘nobody’ to the other parents of the on-going confrontation. Check credentials. Only way this on-going confrontation would have ended if KJ graduated and went to college or unless something happened to him. Seems like Middle District Courts choose the later. If you were KJ’s parents, you would have a good basis to raise ‘foul play’. KJ was only a sophomore; yet, he was bullied his entire high school career with the on-going confrontation.

          • AnotherDem on March 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

            Oh that’s a good one.
            The Johnson Family was shun of their basic rights as American citizens. I would be hopping mad as well!
            1.) They were twice denied the right to see their son, when law clearly says that the family has the right to see their love ones within 24 hours in case of an accident. Denied!
            2.) If it was an accident, who has the right to determine what to do with the remains of the body. The family. But the organs was toss like garbage? Disrespecting-ly Denied!
            3.) judges are recusing themselves of hearing the lawsuit case. Fair and Due Process, Denied.
            4.) Police did not do their job at the crime scene. walking everywhere, tossing evidence and not treating the scene like a crime. The sheriff even close the case too early. A Fair thorough Criminal Investigation, Denied.
            5.) The police suppose to call the coroner immediately after discovering a dead body. Not 6 hours later. How are you going to call the GBI Crime lab 3 hours before the local coroner and then call the incident an accident. And after you call the incident and accident you send the body to the GBI for an autopsy. The first time the family saw the body his head was peeled back. Really? Simple Law-Biding Process of a Death, Denied!

  12. Sad sad sad on January 16, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Truly sad that the family is still trying to defame so many people all in the name of the almighty dollar. Someone should put a stop to all of this nonsense. I hope KJ is resting in peace, but I will tell you what his parents are sure acting like fools down here.

    • Get-Real on January 17, 2015 at 11:11 am

      The ONLY way to make people TALK, is to put them on the stand, dope! And you don’t give two shts about KJ or if he is resting in peace. All of you racist trolls just have your sick agenda

  13. Jason on January 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    The SCLC should be ashamed of itself. How dare they have this Leigh Touchton on the staff. This is a slap in the face to a lot of people. When will we stop allowing infiltrators and agents into our mix? When will we stop worrying about how we are viewed by others?

  14. Sherri Etienne on January 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    @rollingout where’s your report button? Some of the language on this feed is out of control. Delete, block, something…

  15. AnotherDem on March 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Leigh Touchton should not be speaking on the behalf of Nobody. Stop interviewing past presidents and interview current ones. This was no accident, and their is too much evidence that say that this was a cover-up. I can’t read garbage. And when you start quoting somebody who believes this was an accident, you loose any credibility you had.

    • faketony on March 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Kendrick has been dead two years and Leigh Touchton was the one investigating his death for the local chapter of the Valdosta NAACP.

      Can`t rewrite history you don`t agree with AnotherDem.

      Only ones accusing innocent people of anything are the lawyers, Johnson supporters and the Johnsons.

      Gee, you think some of these people have a financial motive?

      • AnotherDem on March 5, 2015 at 6:33 pm

        Leigh Touchton has not been investigating anything. All she has been doing is agreeing with the authorities. I would come very short of calling that investigation. She could read the paper and come up with the same conclusions. How can you look at the film at the school, see that there is hours of time missing from the submitted evidence, and think that their is no wrong doing. All you are doing there is attempting to use your repetition to smooth over things. It ain’t working.

  16. AnotherDem on March 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    The Johnson Family was shunned of their basic rights as American citizens. I would be hopping mad as well! You would be hopping mad, if they did you this way:

    1.) They were twice denied the right to see their son, when law clearly says that the family has the right to see their love ones within 24 hours in case of an accident. Denied!

    2.) If it was an accident, who has the right to determine what to do with the remains of the body. The family. But the organs was toss like garbage? Disrespecting-ly Denied!

    3.) Judges are recusing themselves of hearing the lawsuit case. Fair and Due Process, Denied!

    4.) Police did not do their job at the crime scene. walking everywhere, tossing evidence and not treating the scene like a crime. The sheriff even close the case too early. A Fair thorough Criminal Investigation, Denied!

    5.) The police suppose to call the coroner immediately after discovering a dead body. Not 6 hours later. How are you going to call the GBI Crime lab 3 hours before the local coroner and then call the incident an accident. And after you call the incident and accident you send the body to the GBI for an autopsy. The first time the family saw the body his head was peeled back. Really? Simple Law-Biding Process of a Death, Denied!

  17. Sheila davis on November 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    You people really need to read the facts before spouting off idiocies. Sherri, serious? What happened to his organs? This was initially ruled an accident. The examiner would have treated it as such. When a person’s organs turn to mush they are discarded and replaced with “newspaper,” sawdust, or maybe even cotton. In this case, they used newspaper. The 2nd examiner would have had no questions as to where the organs went. Yet another attempt by the family to scream conspiracy.

  18. Tom Janson on April 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    KJ’s right arm depicts countless abrasions that were NOT recorded in the Autopsy Report. He struggled. That is for sure.