As new questions surrounding the mysterious death of Kendrick Johnson proliferate, the coroner in the Georgia teen’s case is voicing his disapproval in how authorities handled the investigation.
In a report obtained by CNN through an open records request directed at the coroner’s office, the coroner explains in detail the numerous mistakes made by the investigation team in preserving the crime scene and handling Kendrick’s body, which was found rolled in a gym mat.
“I was not notified 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 Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office provided CNN with a second coroner’s death investigation report, which was a little tamer.
“I was not called by investigating officers regarding this death until the afore listed time of notification,” it read.
According to CNN, it was not immediately clear why there were two coroners’ reports. The inconsistencies between them were also not clear. A lawyer for the Lowndes County sheriff and the Lowndes County coroner declined to answer specific questions about the reports.
For details on the inconsistencies in the Kendrick Johnson case, click here.
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Family Handout