VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) – The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school have dropped a wrongful death lawsuit accusing two brothers of killing their son.
Classmates found 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson’s body at Lowndes High School in January 2013 and sheriff’s investigators concluded he died in a freak accident. Last year, Johnson’s parents filed a $100 million civil suit saying he was killed and authorities covered up the crime.
Chevene King, the Johnsons’ attorney, told The Valdosta Daily Times Tuesday the family eventually plans to refile the lawsuit.
Federal prosecutors announced an investigation into Johnson’s death in October 2013, but have filed no charges and released no findings.
The Associated Press is not naming the accused brothers because they have not been charged with any crimes.