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Blow to neck killed Ga. teen found rolled up in mat in gym, report shows

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SAVANNAH, GA -

Was Kendrick Johnson murdered?

The 17-year-old was found dead in a rolled up wrestling mat at a high school gym in Valdosta, Georgia this past January.

His death was ruled accidental.

But his family was granted permission to exhume the body in May.

An independent autopsy report now says the Georgia high school teen died from an "unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma."

That assessment contradicts the original autopsy.

Detectives and a state medical examiner concluded Johnson died accidentally after he fell inside the mat, got stuck and was unable to breathe.

Johnson's parents had a new autopsy performed by a private pathologist, who concluded last month Johnson died from blunt trauma to his neck near the carotid artery.

Attorney Chevene King said Wednesday the teenager's parents want the Justice Department to reopen the case.

The attorney for the teen's family has sent the independent autopsy report to federal and state authorities for review.

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