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March 20, 2014

KJ confession does not 'appear credible'

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office says a reported “confession” in the Kendrick Johnson case “does not appear to be credible.”

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip on Jan. 27. The Times has obtained a copy of that email in which the sender claims that a friend overheard a person at a party confess to killing Kendrick Johnson. The sender does not claim to have witnessed the confession but does identify four current and former Lowndes High students as being involved or having knowledge of possible foul play in Johnson’s death.

“We received a tip, and we immediately started interviewing,” said Lowndes County Sheriff Lt. Stryde Jones. “We didn’t find anything at that point to determine that the information was credible.”

Investigators interviewed two of the four individuals mentioned in the email and determined that it was unlikely the reported confession took place. Investigators also learned that the individuals who supposedly admitted to being involved in Kendrick’s death did not attend a party in which the confession was reportedly given, said Jones.

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