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Judge to decide on coroner's inquest in Kendrick Johnson case

9:13 AM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
Surveillance video taken inside Lowndes High School shows Kendrick Johnson (far right) walking into the gym where he was later found dead.
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(WXIA) -- A judge will decide Monday if there will be a coroner's inquest in the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson.

The Valdosta teen's body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at his high school in January.

Johnson's parents asked for the inquest last month after a south Georgia coroner refused to reopen the case.

Johnson's death was originally ruled an accidental asphyxiation, but a second autopsy ordered by the teen's parents determined he'd been killed by blunt force trauma to the neck.

When Johnson's body was exhumed for the second autopsy, investigators discovered his organs were missing and the remains were stuffed with newspaper. Neither the coroner's office nor the funeral home that prepared the body for burial admitted to taking the organs.

Last week, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced he plans to investigate Johnson's death.

* More video released in Johnson's death
* Johnson's death becomes a federal case
* Kendrick Johnson's parents talk to 11Alive News

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