Chilling new details have emerged in the death of Lowndes County High School wrestler Kendrick Johnson. The 17-year-old was found suffocated inside of a rolled up gym mat in January, and now an independent pathologist has found that most of his organs were replaced with newspaper, upon an exhumation of the body for a second autopsy.
State medical examiners had initially concluded that the three-sport athlete suffocated after getting stuck while reaching for a sneaker. Johnson’s parents never fully bought that story, and won a court order for a second autopsy. To their horror, the independent pathologist they’d hired discovered that the brain, heart, lungs, liver and other viscera were missing.
Dr. Bill Anderson, who found that every organ from the skull to pelvis was missing, said, “I’m not sure at this point who did not return the organs to the body. But I know when we got the body, the organs were not there.” Dr. Anderson also found that newspaper had been stuffed into the body where the organs should be.
The second autopsy suggests that Kendrick Johnson took a blow to the right side of his neck that was “consistent with inflicted injury,” in contrast to the state’s finding of positional asphyxiation.
Whole lotta fail going on there.
This post was edited on 10/10 at 8:52 am