Valdosta Daily Times

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November 21, 2013

Kendrick’s Final Walk

Times investigation finds additional KJ footage, which pieces together the LHS student’s path to the old gym


VALDOSTA — The 10 Minute Gap

In addition to the almost half-hour discrepancy between the still image time stamps from the Integral server and the Surveillix video time stamps, there is an almost 10 minute gap that appears to exist between a still image from the case file that shows Kendrick just outside the door to the old gym at 12:59 p.m. and another still image that shows him inside the gym at 1:09 p.m. The discrepancy, again, is due to servers being out of sync.

Footage from the hallway in front of the old gym was collected in an Integral server located in the school’s B-wing, and the footage from inside the old gym was collected from an Integral server located in the cafeteria. The two systems are not time-synced. The B-wing server is approximately 10 minutes behind the cafeteria server.

In actuality, there is no 10 minute gap. The apparent time shift is the result of two separate surveillance servers having two different time stamps. To support this conclusion, two students can be seen on the B-wing server entering the old gym 18 seconds after Kendrick, and those same students are seen in the gym one frame after Kendrick exits the field of view walking toward the direction of the wrestling mats.

The time stamps show a 10 minute difference, but that is not supported by the actual footage and the acknowledgment from school officials that the time stamps are inaccurate.

What Happened to the Time Stamps

At the Nov. 7 press conference, Benjamin Crump, another lawyer representing the Johnson family, and Chevene King pointed to the absence of time stamps and the 10 minute gap between the two still images as proof of a “conspiracy to conceal the truth” and questioned why still images with time stamps could be provided but not video.

During a demonstration of how the surveillance system works, Forthe described to The Times how the Integral footage was exported and why time stamps were not included.

School administrators and resource officers have access to a program called Integral Remote View from their office computers. This software allows school officials to view surveillance footage without having to go to the room where the servers are physically located.

Forthe said he was asked by detectives on Jan. 11 to export video as soon as possible, and he did so under the supervision of detectives using Integral Remote View software at a school administrator’s computer.

Forthe demonstrated to The Times how Integral Remote View software does allow image stills to be created and printed with time stamps, but does not allow video to be exported with time stamps even though the time can be seen on a computer screen while using the software.

Forthe also demonstrated how video footage with time stamps can be exported by using different software directly at the server location, but he was not in the server room using that software when he was asked to export the video by detectives.

Since the initial export, the servers containing the raw video data have been locked in a vault. The only time they have been removed, said Warren Turner, was at the request of the Johnson family. On Feb. 28, Turner received a letter from Chevene King requesting images that show Kendrick in the old gym. Those images were given to the family March 5, and the servers were placed back in the vault.

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