Valdosta Daily Times

Kendrick Johnson

November 22, 2013

Finding Kendrick


VALDOSTA — From the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office evidence inventory:

1. one black and white size 9.5 Adidas shoe

2. one yellow folder

3. one blue physical science book

4. one grey in color sweater

5. one Western Digital external hard drive containing surveillance video

6. two blood swabs from gym wall

7. one black and white Adidas size 9.5 shoe

8. one pair of white, grey and orange Nike shoes

9. two Memorex DVD-R discs containing surveillance video

10. one LG cell phone

11. bloody paper towels found in the girl’s bathroom

12. one FujiFilm DVD+R disc containing digital images of the scene

13. one FujiFilm DVD+R disc containing digital images of the scene

14. two DVD discs of Leica Scan Documentation and raw data of scene

15. one DVD disc of Kendrick Johnson’s cell phone records

16. one CD with photos of Kendrick Johnson from the medical examiner’s report

17. one CD of an interview with an individual who alleged he was attacked

18. buccal swab from a member of the LHS flag team

The Shoes

Two pairs of shoes were collected from the scene where Kendrick’s body was found: a pair of size nine Nike shoes and a pair of size nine and a half Adidas shoes.

A third pair of shoes, white, grey and orange Nike shoes, were photographed along the south wall of the gym, two bleachers down from the mats where the body was found. Those shoes were not entered into evidence.

Investigators interviewed Kendrick’s sister on Jan. 11 and showed her photographs of the shoes. She indicated that the white and orange Nike shoes, in evidence, belonged to Kendrick and that the white Adidas shoes “were probably his, but she was not sure.”

On Jan. 17, investigators interviewed a student who said that he shared shoes with Kendrick and that they would hide them in the wrestling mats in the old gym. The student also said that Kendrick’s shoes “were black and white Adidas” and that Kendrick also had a pair of “orange and white Griffins.”

On the same day, another student, a friend of Kendrick’s, told investigators that he would also “put his shoes inside the mats.”

On Jan. 31, investigators interviewed a student who had a third block gym class with Kendrick during the fall 2012 semester. The student said he observed “Kendrick Johnson and other students throwing shoes over the mats in the corner and go retrieve them the next day to play basketball.”

In an April 19 interview, investigators talked with a student who had seen students put their shoes behind the mats. On the same day, investigators interviewed another student who said he was familiar with students putting shoes in the mats because he did so also.

In case file photos of the white and orange Nike shoes, stains that look similar to blood can be seen. A GBI crime scene specialist tested the stains, and the results were “negative for blood.”

The Times continues its look inside the investigation in Saturday's edition.

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Kendrick Johnson
  • KJ’s parents claim racial bullying in lawsuit

    The parents of Kendrick Johnson have sued the Lowndes County School System, claiming officials neglected to protect their son from racial harassment and bullying that they said led to his death.

    May 15, 2014

  • Anonymous email in KJ case based on rumor, says author

    The teenage girl who authored an anonymous email claiming someone had confessed to murdering Kendrick Johnson says it was strictly a rumor that she felt conscience-bound to share with the sheriff’s office.

    March 27, 2014

  • keyboard.jpg Authorities: Confession in KJ case not credible

    An anonymous email claiming a former classmate of Kendrick Johnson had confessed to killing him was investigated and determined not to be credible, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • social.jpg Mom says sons harassed, threatened in KJ case

    Karen Bell has had it with the rumor-mongering about her family’s connection to the death of Kendrick Johnson on social networking sites like YouTube,  Twitter and Facebook.

    February 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnsons file civil suit against funeral home

    Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a civil lawsuit against the Harrington Funeral Home, claiming it negligently handled their son’s remains and deliberately withheld information about the condition of his body.

    February 6, 2014

  • 140121-Floyd_Rose001.jpg No response to KJ reward

    A local civil rights leader returned reward money to its donor Tuesday after it failed to yield any significant information pertaining to the death of Kendrick Johnson.

    January 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • State capitol rally today for new KJ probe

    A three-hour rally for a new investigation into the disputed death of Lowndes High student Kendrick Johnson 11 months ago is planned today on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol building.

    December 11, 2013

  • Kendrick_Johnson.jpg Where was Kendrick?

    About this series
    This is the third of four stories by the Valdosta Daily Times reviewing the official police file on the investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson. Today’s report is about the confusion surrounding Kendrick’s whereabouts the day before his body was found, explains police handling of a report that a person was attacked and falsely accused of killing Kendrick, and tells about the dissatisfaction of Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson with how authorities handled the immediate investigation.

    November 23, 2013 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • kendrick-johnson.jpg Finding Kendrick

    The Times continues its in-depth look at the investigative case file into the January death of Kendrick Johnson at Lowndes High School.

    November 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • kendrick-johnson.jpg Kendrick’s Final Walk

    A review of Lowndes High School video footage shows more than the moments Kendrick Johnson entered the old gymnasium where his body was discovered Jan. 11 in a rolled wrestling mat.

    November 21, 2013 1 Photo

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