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Kendrick Johnson Lawsuit: Sons of FBI Agent Involved in Death of Black Teen Found in Gym Mat

By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 08:49 AM

The family of Kendrick Johnson, the black teen found dead in a rolled up gym mat, have amended their lawsuit against Georgia officials, charging there was a cover-up in the 2013 death and it involved the sons of a local FBI agent.

Lowndes County Attorney Jim Elliot told WCTV on Thursday he believed the charges were "unfounded" and seven local judges have backed off from hearing the case.

The Valdosta Daily Times reported
Tuesday that in the amended lawsuit the Johnson family charged that the sons of a local FBI agent was involved in the death of their teenage son and individual state and local law enforcement officers helped cover up the crime.

Johnson, 17, was found dead rolled up in a vertically stored gym mat at Lowndes High School. The death was ruled accidental after a state autopsy, but the family has insisted that foul play was involved.

The amended lawsuit charged that two sons of local FBI agent Rick Bell were directly responsible for Johnson's death and that Sheriff Chris Prine worked with numerous local and state agencies and businesses to hush up the crime, according to the Daily Times.

"We have received and reviewed the complaint filed in DeKalb Superior Court by the Johnsons and their lawyer against thirty-eight named defendants ... including seventeen Lowndes County Sheriff's Office personnel," Elliot said in a written statement. "The accusations made against Sheriff Prine and his officers are unfounded and lack any basis in law or in fact. We will respond further to these baseless accusations through the Courts."

The family's amended suit claimed the attack on Johnson was sparked by the brothers "seeking revenge" after one of them had been in a fight with Johnson, but the boys' attorney, Brice Ladson, called the lawsuit "frivolous," according to The Associated Press.

"Mr. King and his clients, the Johnsons, know the allegations against my clients are completely baseless," Ladson told the news service.

Sheriff's investigators told the AP that Johnson had been in a fight with one of the brothers about a year before his death but neither was in the building at the time of his death.

Federal authorities launched their own investigation in Johnson's death on Oct. 31, 2013, but no findings have been released, according to the AP.

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