Just weeks after authorities handed over Kendrick Johnson surveillance video that may have been edited, the FBI will also seize the original hard drives from the Georgia high school gymnasium’s surveillance system to gain clues as to how the teen died.
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael Moore, issued a grand jury subpoena to seize the hard drives, in an effort to find out how 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson ended up dead in a rolled-up gym mat in January.
Video provided to the family and their lawyer last month showed only a few collective seconds of Johnson jogging. The camera fixed on the gym mats was blurry.
The Johnsons’ attorneys were not shy in stating their suspicion that someone could have tampered with the videos.
Attorney Chevene King has questioned why time codes weren’t shown in the videos.
“We don’t have any time code with which to synchronize the events that are shown in the video. … Either the cameras did this on their own or a human being interacted to make these cameras do these things,” King said.
Lowndes County Schools insisted that the video was a “raw feed with no edits.” The county and the sheriff’s office maintain that Kendrick accidentally suffocated while reaching for a shoe in one of the mats. A second autopsy, however, determined that his death was not accidental.
But questions still remain. CNN-hired forensic video analyst, Grant Fredericks, analyzed 290 hours of material from all 35 cameras and found that there was at least an hour of missing video from all four cameras inside the gym.
With the original hard drives, investigators are hoping to fit the missing piece in the puzzle.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab