Lowndes Coroner Says Kendrick Johnson Investigation Was Compromised

| April 18, 2013
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Bill Watson, Lowndes County Coroner, claims that the investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson at Lowndes High School was not handled properly.

Johnson’s body was found inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the Lowndes High School Gym January 11. The Sheriff’s Office has said no foul play was suspected in the death, but Watson does not believe that announcement should have been made.

Johnson’s body was discovered around 9 a.m., but Watson says he was not notified until around 3 p.m. Watson also says that, in his opinion, the scene had been compromised by the time he had arrived.

The¬†Sheriff’s¬†Office maintains that Watson was notified and responded in a manner consistent with previous investigations.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said that the official autopsy and toxicology report will be done within the next two weeks.

read more at WCTV here.

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  1. angela says:

    My Good God Almighty! Found at 9am, didn’t notify the Coroner until 3pm?What where the administrative boneheads waiting for, school to end? Now, I’m freaking out along with everyone else. This family deserves a lot more answers than they’ve gotten. Something is terribly wrong here.

  2. Erica says:

    He wasn’t notified until 3pm?!?! That is ridiculous. It is a school for goodness sakes. The coroner should’ve been called immediately. Also I know that autopsy reports take a while but he would found in JANUARY, they’re going to do the official test within the nest 2 weeks. That’s MAY!! So from January to May a child hasnt received any justice at all. Very disappointed in VPD and others involved who seem to be trying to cover something up.

  3. Deborah says:

    Wow, what a revelation. There is no reason for the Coroner to lie. This family AND the community deserve better than this. Thank you to Coroner Watson for being candid and honest. The whole story that the LCSO gave in the VDT story really didn’t make sense to begin with. If he leaned over to get a shoe and fell into the mat, the mat would not have stayed exactly as it was; it would have fallen over; therefore, he wouldn’t have been hanging upside down! That story is, quite frankly, ludicrous!

  4. The coroner was not informed till 3pm .! What is Lhs hidding .? I’m from Valdosta and went to elementary school (mbe) and middle school (lms) with him and as a friend i just want justices for my friend once && for all and justices will be servered soon then you think we love and miss you kj rip baby boy<3

  5. Latina says:

    I am so on awe right now, I am a mother and I honestly would be beyond devastate that no justice has come for my child nor any answers for my family!!! Why is such behavior and actions being allowed? Someone beat that baby and wrapped his body in a mat, then no one was notified til 3 pm, I feel so bad for his family! May god bless his soul!!

  6. Mystique says:

    The coroner is an elected official. I dont know Lowndes County coroner’s qualifications but most in the state of GA have neither law enforcement experience nor are they medical doctors. The law enforcement officers(Sheriff Dept.& GBI) are responsible for conducting the investigation. Erica has absolutely no knowledge of what she is talking about. I am a law enforcement officer in GA and have been for the last 8 years and I am a certified crime scene technician; so this is my area of expertise. The GBI are poorly staffed and overwhelmed with evidence to process. Autopsies are conducted withing a couple of days but it takes a minimum of 12 weeks for a toxicology report to come back. Again, I repeat a minimum which means it may take longer. If he was murdered, by a physical assualt, like his family is claiming the initial autopsy would have revealed it and the cause of death would have been homicide by blunt force trauama. When a person is severly beaten, it shows underneath their skin in the muscles and tissues. He was not beat to death, thats why they have to wait on the toxicology report to see what was in his system(ex: poison, drugs, etc).
    As far as getting a rush on lab results, its not going to happen for an everyday citizen. The only people the GBI will may possibly rush for are Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty and dignitaries.