(Savannah, Ga.) – Surveillance video taken at a Georgia high school where a student was found dead apparently doesn’t answer how he died. The video released last night shows Kendrick Johnson earlier this year as he walked into the gym and onto the basketball court, but does not show anything leading up to his death. The 17-year-old’s body was found rolled up in a gym mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia in January. Johnson’s parents believe he was murdered.
The father of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, whose January death was ruled a freak accident by investigators, said the ruling Wednesday in Lowndes County Superior Court brings his family “one step closer to the truth.” Johnson’s parents believe someone killed him.
Sheriff Chris Prine had previously released surveillance footage of Johnson entering the gym, but withheld other footage. The sheriff’s attorney, Jim Elliott, says Prine was trying to protect the privacy of minor students shown in the footage.
Elliott says it’s his understanding that the video does not show Johnson’s death or the events leading to it.