Atlanta > Bell Family Counter-Suit National, State News

| March 9, 2015
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ATLANTA — The continuing tragedy that is the Kendrick Johnson/Brian Bell controversy continues as both national and state news publications carry stories about the counter-suit filed by the family of Brian Bell.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution today published a report from Christian Boone, who has been covering the story for the paper, entitled “FBI agent, sons countersue parents of teen who died in gym mat.”

The story noted that Brian and Branden Bell, along with their father, FBI agent Rick Bell, denied the allegations contained in a wrongful death suit filed earlier this year by Kenneth and Jackie Johnson. In it, the Johnsons alleged an unnamed female lured their son into the old gym at Lowndes High School where he was fatally beaten by the Bell brothers at their father’s behest.

Last week, USA Today ran a story on the controversy entitled, “Murder allegation sidelines football player’s career, divides community.”  That story noted that Brian Bell is a linebacker without a team, just the latest twist in a complicated tale in which race and class intersect with a mysterious death that authorities call accidental but that an aggrieved and grieving family allege was murder.

These stories follow earlier reports from ESPN (FSU Withdraws Bell’s Offer), and Grantland (Why Did Florida State Withdraw a Football Recruit’s Scholarship Offer? And What Does It Have to Do With the Death of Georgia HS Athlete Kendrick Johnson?).

The counter-suit filed by the Bell family is sure to bring more attention from the Bell family’s perspective as this story continues.

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