Valdosta Daily Times

September 3, 2013

Second Kendrick Johnson autopsy raises 'issues of concern'

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Dr. William Anderson, who was hired by Kendrick Johnson's family to perform a second autopsy on the student who was found dead earlier this year at Lowndes High School, said this afternoon that he has returned copies of the autopsy to the Johnson family and law-enforcement agencies. 

Anderson told The Times that his second autopsy raises "issues of concern."

The new autopsy contradicts the state's autopsy.

Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson said he has received a copy of the second autopsy, which claims Johnson suffered blunt-force trauma; the original state autopsy claims Kendrick Johnson's death was accidental, caused by positional asphyxia, with no blunt-force trauma. This second autopsy claims Johnson's cause of death is "unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma," according to initial reports.