Valdosta Daily Times

Kendrick Johnson

October 31, 2013

Sheriff Prine answers questions about KJ investigation


VALDOSTA — THE TIMES: The GBI was asked by your office to provide assistance. What was the division of labor while the scene was being analyzed and evidence collected?

PRINE: “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted at their Thomasville office shortly after the discovery of Kendrick Johnson’s body. This was done for a number of reasons. This call resulted in a number of GBI personnel, including crime scene investigators and investigative agents, all of which responded from Thomasville, responding. These agents provided assistance with the processing of the scene and the review of video at the school. In part, the decision to contact the GBI was based on the fact that a child had been found deceased at a school. In addition to the physical size of the school and the scene, there were any given number of interviews that may need to be conducted.”

THE TIMES: Do you consider the case to be closed?

PRINE: “Based on the information that was learned during the investigation, our investigative file has been closed; however, in the future, should new or additional evidence be discovered, appropriate investigative actions will be taken.”

THE TIMES: Do you know what considerations are being given to the case by Attorney Michael Moore’s office?

PRINE: “No. Again, I am aware that the investigative file was forwarded to Michael Moore’s office and would welcome his review of the file.”

THE TIMES: Do you have any family members or godchildren who knew or who were involved with Kendrick Johnson or his family? If so, what was the nature of the relationship(s)?

PRINE: “I have a daughter and two granddaughters, none of whom go to Lowndes High School or knew Kendrick Johnson.” The sheriff added later that he also has no godchildren.

THE TIMES: Did you at any point in the investigation have a person of interest or a suspect in the case?

PRINE: “Our investigators have remained objective and explored all avenues that were presented, including rumors. Each time a bit of information was learned, investigators made every possible effort to examine the information and interview the persons named.”

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  • 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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