Across Georgia

Teen’s family still have questions


VALDOSTA, GA — The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat still have unanswered questions after officials released hours of surveillance camera footage in the case.

The body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta was found Jan. 11, and sheriff’s investigators concluded he died in a freak accident. Johnson’s parents insist someone must have killed him.

At a news conference Thursday, Johnson family attorney Chevene King Jr. said a lack of time codes
and blurry footage from the gym where Johnson was found dead make him question the credibility of the footage.

Jim Elliott, the attorney for the Lowndes County sheriff, has said surveillance cameras at the school did not capture the circumstances that led to Johnson’s death.

Man charged with assault on officer

AUSTELL, GA. — U.S. Marshals said a man accused of hitting a police officer with a Jeep and fleeing the scene has been arrested in metro Atlanta.

Marshals’ spokesman Gavin Duffy says Dustin Michael Thompson was arrested Thursday at a house in Austell – about 15 miles west of downtown Atlanta.

Duffy says an officer was hit on Veterans Memorial Parkway on Oct. 29 and the driver fled the scene.

Duffy says authorities tracked Thompson to a relative’s house in Cobb County and arrested him on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless conduct, obstruction, and narcotics offenses.