On Wednesday, October 9, the parents of Kendrick Johnson -- Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson-- appeared on CNN's prime time news program Anderson Cooper 360 and was interviewed by Victor Blackwell.
More stunning details were released via video and photographs to the public just one day before Kendrick Johnson would have been 18 years old. Otherwise known as KJ, he was born on October 10, 1995.
The January 11, 2013 death scene had been filmed by the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Lab at Lowndes County High School's Old Gymnasium.
One of the scenes of the video included a wall inside the gymnasium which had several stains of blood. However the blood was determined not to be KJ's blood by a consortium of investigators associated with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, the GBI-Thomasville office and with the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Lab.
According to Anderson Cooper, those blood stains on the wall were never tested.
In May, Lieutenant Stryde Jones told CNN that the blood stains on the wall were not Kendrick Johnson's blood and determined by investigators to be not a part of the case.
"If it wasn't Kendrick's blood, then whose blood was it?" Ken Johnson told Victor Blackwell in the interview.
This prompted Johnson's parents to reiterate on CNN that there is enough evidence for the U.S. Attorney of the Middle District of Georgia based in Macon, Michael Moore, to open up an investigation in the case of their 17-year old son.
A former FBI agent Harold Copus said the following:"I don't believe this was an accident. I think this young man met with foul play."
Copus went on to say the death scene was compromised and mentioned how local investigators didn't even wear protective boots inside the Old Gymnasium and around Kendrick Johnson's body.
Thus far, the cause of death and the time of death have never been determined.
Bill Watson, the Lowndes County Coroner has been quiet in recent months, but his comments to North Florida's and South Georgia's WCTV-TV in mid-April bring into focus that the actions of the Lowdnes Sheriff's Office undercut his efforts to do his own job.
"Well it compromises my investigation one hundred percent," Watson said. "I don't know what the county did when they got there on the scene. The body had been moved. The scene, in my opinion, had been compromised."
A county coroner has a set of responsibilities, and are explicitly stated in Georgia's state constitution in the form of statutes under Title 45 that details the protocol of death investigations.
Watson provides further insight about his relationship with the Lowndes County Sheriffs' Office to the Valdosta Times' April 11 story.
“You may not want me on your crime scene, but it’s a law. It’s not something you can change your mind about.”
Another chilling detail that came up on the CNN broadcast is that Kendrick Johnson's organs (brain, heart, liver, etc.) were missing and was stuffed with newspaper prior to the independent second autopsy being performed in mid-June.
The independent second autopsy which was performed June 15, found blunt force trauma to the right neck and soft tissues, "consistent with inflicted injury." It was conducted by Dr. William R. Anderson with Forensic Dimensions in Heathrow, Florida.
"This is unexplained -- most very, very likely inflicted, as opposed to something he caused himself, inflicted by another -- and therefore needs to be investigated as an open homicide investigation," Anderson said.
Even though Johnson's organs were missing, the jaw was still intact and was examined during William Anderson's autopsy.
The GBI released a statement that Kendrick Johnson's organs were put back in (January 14) and the 17 year-old body was released to Harrington Funeral Home.
What was the role of the Harrington Funeral Home in the Kendrick Johnson case? Those questions still remain unanswered.
On a side note, the Tri-State Crematory located in northwest Georgia was the subject of a national incident in 2002 leading to litigation and criminal prosecution, in which over three hundred bodies that had been consigned to the crematorium for proper disposal were never cremated but instead were dumped on the crematorium's site.
Ray Brent Marsh was arrested on over 300 criminal violations and was ultimately charged by the State of Georgia with 787 counts, including theft by deception, abusing a corpse, burial service related fraud and giving false statements.