Question Of Foul Play Arises After Third Autopsy of Atlanta Teen – Your Black World

Nov 30, 2018

By: Ryan Velez

If we look back to 2013, we may remember the bizarre story of Atlanta teen Kendrick “K.J.” Johnson, who was found dead and rolled up in a gym mat in a high school. At the time, it was ruled as an accident, putting Johnson in the category of strange deaths. Now, Atlanta Black Star reports that following a third autopsy, this may not be a bizarre accident, but a true crime.

The report, obtained by local station WALB, attributed Johnson’s death to non-accidental blunt force trauma to his right neck and right thorax. This is an addendum to the second autopsy, done in June of 2013, which also concluded the teen’s death was the result of “unexplained … apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.” Both of these were done by a private forensic consultant, and go against the original autopsy, which cited positional asphyxia as a cause of death.

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After the state autopsy was done in 2013, Johnson’s parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, insisted their child was murdered and called for an investigation into his tragic demise. The parents filed a $100 million wrongful death suit in 2015 and named their son’s former schoolmates Brian Bell, Branden Bell and their father, FBI Special Agent Rick Bell as defendants. However, in 2016, the U.S. Justice Department ruled in 2016 that there was insufficient evidence to prove foul play in their son’s death. A judge would later dismiss the wrongful death suit in June 2017, citing the parents’ “negligence” in the case.

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With so much time having passed since Kenneth’s death, and a lawsuit having been struck down twice, it remains to be seen if we will ever get a concrete example of what exactly led to this strange and tragic situation. We have yet to hear any formal response from the parents or local authorities regarding the findings of this autopsy.

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