“The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat and their attorney must pay more than $292,000 in legal fees to dozens of people they accused of foul play in a lawsuit that was later dropped, a judge ruled. The body of Kendrick Johnson, 17, of Valdosta was found in 2013 by classmates at Lowndes High School. Sheriff’s investigators concluded Johnson died in a freak accident, stuck upside down and unable to breathe while trying to retrieve a shoe that fell inside the upright mat. But Johnson’s parents have long insisted he was murdered. Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson filed a 2015 lawsuit accusing two brothers of killing their son. They also said law enforcement and school officials covered up the crime. The Johnsons dropped the suit last year. The 39 defendants they had sued asked the judge to order the family to pay their attorney fees and related court costs. They initially said they were owed about $850,000.”

I am livid!!!!! There’s no way Kendrick killed himself! Now, the parents and their attorney have to pay $300,000 when incompetent investigators concluded after a two and a half year investigation that they “found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges” [even though his body was stuffed with newspaper]. Smdh!

Source: Russ Bynum. “Parents Owe $292,000 for Suit in Son’s Gym Mat Death.” The Associated Press. August 9, 2017. http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202795095577/Parents-Owe-292000-for-Suit-in-Sons-Gym-Mat-Death.

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