Kendrick Johnson's death to be investigated by U.S. Attorney

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MACON, Ga. -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia says he will investigate the death of Valdosta teen Kendrick Johnson.

Johnson was found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in a Valdosta high school's gym in January.

Thursday, U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said he personally reviewed the documents in the case and believes there is enough to conduct a formal investigation.

Moore also said he is asking anyone with information about the case to contact the U.S. Attorney's office in Macon.  

Moore said his office was contacted by family shortly after sheriff's office closed the investigation and they requested a review.

Moore's office requested and received full investigation reports, pictures, videos, statements and other documents and there are several questions to be answered:

1. What was cause of Johnson's death
2. Was death result of a crime?
3. If the result of crime, who committed it?
4. Who has jurisdiction to investigate?

Moore added, the FBI is cooperating and should it be necessary, "I will direct them to open civil rights investigation."

"I will follow the facts wherever they lead... my objective is to discover the truth" Moore said.  "I will follow facts, apply law and protect independence and objectivity of this ongoing investigation."

Wednesday, a judge ruled video be released showing cameras around the gym just before Johnson's death.

WATCH | Raw Video of cameras at gym at Kendrick Johnson's Valdosta School

Evidence Documents Released in Kendrick Johnson Death Case:
Contents Summary
Jan '13 Incident Reports
Mar '13 Incident Reports 
Apr '13 incident Reports
May '13 Incident Reports
June '13 Incident Reports
Call Logs
DA Subpoenas
Family Attorney Correspondence (including independent autopsy)
GBI Coroner's Report
GBI Crime Lab Reports
Property Evidence Forms
Search Warrants

The video with Kendrick Johnson visible in it is less than ten seconds long, and on the surface it doesn't show much.  Just a normal kid going about a normal day at a normal school.

But a closer look reveals that there a lot of questions that need to be answered.

All of the video tape should all be released in a matter of days.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander is in Macon and will have more on this story on 11Alive news at 6 & 7 p.m.

THE KENDRICK JOHNSON CASE:
* Johnson's parents talk to 11Alive
* Second autopsy questions Johnson's death
* Johnson's parents ask for coroner's inquest

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