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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:11 pm 
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And the phrase in the defamation counterclaim...

"statements through their attorneys unrelated to pending litigation"

...definitely feels like a shot across the bow to the scheme team.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:49 pm 
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Parents of Kendrick Johnson ordered to pay attorney fees in gym mat death lawsuit
By Christian Boone | AJC.com | August 8, 2017


A judge has ordered the parents of a Valdosta teen found dead in a rolled-up gym mat to pay nearly $300,000 in attorney fees to those they accused of killing their son and the parties they alleged conspired to cover it up.

The long-anticipated ruling by Lowndes County Superior Court Judge Richard Porter stems from a 2015 wrongful death lawsuit alleging brothers Brian and Branden Bell murdered 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson. The Lowndes High sophomore’s body was discovered on Jan. 11, 2013, in the school’s old gymnasium. State and local investigators concluded he died from positional asphyxia after he got stuck in the mat, presumably reaching for a pair of sneakers.

But Kendrick’s parents, Kenneth and Jackie Johnson, never accepted the official finding. Their attorney, Chevene King, was also ordered to reimburse the nearly two dozen defendants named in the initial lawsuit.

According to that suit, FBI agent Rick Bell, father of Brian and Branden, along with Lowndes County’s school superintendent and a former sheriff, rolled Kendrick’s body in the gym mat and devised a plan to make his death look like an accident.

The vast conspiracy even included the superintendent’s daughters, enlisted by their father to “discover” Johnson’s body, according to the suit.

“Judge Porter has now put those false accusations to rest and determined that the Johnsons’ and their lawyer’s accusations were substantially frivolous, groundless and vexatious,” said attorney Jim Elliott, who represents former Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine. “All of those who have been falsely accused have been vindicated. Truth prevails. Justice has been done.”

More at link: http://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/pare ... ncN1yvGPI/


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