//Prine Refutes Coroner’s Claim Of ‘Compromised’ Johnson Investigation

Prine Refutes Coroner’s Claim Of ‘Compromised’ Johnson Investigation

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Lowndes ext 5Valdosta, GA- The twists and turns into the death investigation of 17-year old Kendrick Johnson continue. In a statement to the Valdosta Daily Times on Thursday, Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine said that, despite statements to the contrary, ‘no law-enforcement officer touched that body until the coroner got there and examined it.’

Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson, however, told WCTV back in April that “The body had been moved. The scene, in my opinion, had been compromised.”

Prine told the VDT that at the time Johnson’s body was found he was out of town, but went “straight to the scene” when he returned later in the afternoon. The Sheriff’s recent statements to the Times come on the heels of a planned Saturday rally in which the Rev. Al Sharpton will speak.

A GBI spokesperson told WVGA/Valdosta Today that the final autopsy and toxicology reports in the case will ‘hopefully be released late next week.’