Friday, November 8, 2013

Bulletin: Major development: Kendrick Johnson: Georgia; CNN obtains a scathing report in which the coroner involved in the case says he disapproved of the manner in which the case was handled - indicating that the scene was compromised and the body moved. Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson also says that information necessary for his lawful investigation was withheld. CNN.

STORY: "CNN obtains new docs on Kendrick Johnson," by reporter Victor Blackwell,  published by CNN on November 8, 2013.

SUB-HEADINGS: "New: The scene was compromised, writes Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson. New: He says there was no cooperation from law enforcement. Lawyers for family question whether surveillance images were tampered with. Both the school and the sheriff say they did not edit the images."

GIST:  In a scathing report recently obtained by CNN, the coroner in the case of a Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat blasted how the initial investigation was handled. Authorities say Kendrick Johnson fell into the mat and suffocated while trying to retrieve a sneaker. His family suspects the 17-year-old was murdered and that someone has tried to cover up evidence in the case. "I was not notifedi n (sic) this death until 15:45 hours. The investigative climate was very poor to worse when I arrived on the scene. The body had been noticably (sic) moved. The scene had been compromised and there was no cooperation from law enforcement at the scene. Furthermore the integrity of the evidence bag was compromised on January 13, 2013 by opening the sealed bag and exhibiting the dead body to his father," wrote Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson in a report dated January 22. "I do not approve of the manner this case was handled. Not only was the scene compromised, the body was moved. The integrrety (sic) was breached by opening a sealed body bag, information necessary for my lawful investigation was withheld," he said. The coroner's death investigation report was obtained by CNN through an open records request directed at the coroner's office."

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