Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I have important news to pass along in the Kendrick Johnson case.
M.L. Nestel of the Daily Mail Online reported late yesterday that Kendrick’s father, Kenneth Johnson told him about a fight between Kendrick and another student that may have resulted in bad feelings and a desire for revenge. Both boys were members of the varsity football team. The other boy was a senior, a bully, and much bigger than Kendrick, who was just a freshman. The fight took place on a school bus during a ride back to school following a loss to another school.
The older boy started the fight by insulting Kendrick. This led to an exchange of escalating insults about each other’s mothers in which Kendrick kept getting the last word with his comebacks. The older boy lost his temper and attacked Kendrick attempting to put him in a headlock. Kendrick got away and landed some punches, whupping him in front of his teammates.
The driver stopped the school bus and called the police. After conducting a cursory investigation at the scene, they released the older boy to his parents and gave Kendrick a ride home in a police vehicle. No charges were filed.
Although the older boy’s father is not employed by the sheriff’s office, he is a public official.
Lt. Stryde Jones of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department told MailOnline that Johnson did ride home in the front of the police cruiser with the team-assigned deputy.
He added that the police viewed it only as a ‘shoving match’ that didn’t require any further action from them but the school did suspend each student for five days.
Lt. Jones told MailOnline that the police are also aware of the family’s claims that Kendrick’s death was somehow linked to the humiliation of the older boy.
“We questioned every name that was presented to us,” Lt. Jones said, pointing to the four month-long investigation which included “many hours of police work, forensics and joint efforts by multiple agencies.”
Lt. Jones acknowledged that the department did make attempts to question the boy in the wake of Johnson’s death.
“We tried to interview them but he preferred through his parents not to make a statement,” he told MailOnline. “That’s when we verified attendance records and we checked the video. We determined that he was not involved in the incident.”
And he wasn’t spotted on video surveillance footage shot at the gym at the time when Kendrick was last seen.
“The video has been looked at and he was not around the gym. Every person that was identified to us we located and interviewed.”
According to Mr Johnson, the alleged bully’s father has ties to law enforcement.
Lt. Jones acknowledged the father of the boy in question is an official but not with the sheriff’s department. “He’s not connected to local law enforcement.” He wouldn’t confirm if the father was with the FBI and there’s been no suggestion he’s been involved in the case or the investigation.
The fight on the bus occurred in 2011 and it was captured on videotape.
The coach of the football team declined to be interviewed and referred all inquiries to the Superintendent of the Lowndes County Board of Education.
He ain’t talking either.
People have been known to seek revenge by proxy, so that they have an alibi for the time of death, and there certainly was sufficient time to plan and execute a murder.
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